A lawyer, Ardzard Habilla, has said that the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) cannot ban Nigeria over the lingering leadership crisis in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) which needed to be sorted out internally by the country’s judiciary.
Habilla, who is counsel to Chris Giwa, said this in Abuja on Thursday, while addressing newsmen on the threat by FIFA to ban Nigeria from all football activities following intervention by the court. Giwa had dragged the Pinnick-led board to court over forceful takeover of the NFF secretariat following Pinnick’s emergence as president in an election conducted on Sept. 30, 2014.
The election prevented Giwa who claims to have emerged as NFF president at an earlier election on Aug. 26, 2014, from assuming office.
Habilla told newsmen that the threat by FIFA was a calculated attempt to subvert the constitution of the country and an act of neocolonialism.