Looting in Football House: Where is EFCC? Gara Gombe’s alarm over $130,000; 2014 FIFA’s $3.5m; N2.9b on my mind

By Daily Sports on July 18, 2016

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I guess you dear readers are aware that I have long lost confidence and appetite in football administrative system in the country due largely to unabated corruption that characterise the structure.

In short, sports administration in the country has been seen as goldmine where account of billions of money spent are not rendered to Federal Government that provides the funds. Let me reveal that it has been the norm in the system.

Shamefully, this government has shouted corruption to the roof top than any other government in the history of this country. That is a glance of a loosed sector for you where administrators became richer, leaving athletes the major reason for the existence of sports in the first place in serious abject poverty. It is unacceptable and inhuman. In other climes athletes make mega money via their sweat. Above all, their administrators don’t short change them. But it is their lot in Nigeria, firmly institutionalised.

That ugly situation in the sector has scared private investors from financing football cum other sports. The sector abhors no accountability attitude.

For the records, the Federal Government invests billions of naira in sports year after year without getting any feedback on how the huge funds are spent by the so called administrators. That has been an established median in the sports sector with no exception.

Truly, it is the main reason why elections into federation offices have suddenly became a do or die affair in the country. The struggle to get the positions are often times, tension soaked. It become even bloody as fake prophets continues to feed fat on the contestants in their bid to secure electoral victory.

All what has happened and still happening in football has been vividly crafted and chronicled by former executive committee member of the NFF, Gara Gombe Ahmed Shuaibu. If you like call him a whistle blower. His revelations are not empty, rather they are weighty. There is clue to where he has been pointing to. His battle cry must not be ignored. That is the only way where posterity will forgive the so called anti-corruption crusading government. If it is not a mere slogan and witch hunt, where is EFCC ON these revelations? He has facts and figures on the rots that have ravaged and still ravaging the Football House in Abuja. His exposures must not be treated with levity or dismissed with a wave of the hand. They must be thoroughly investigated by anti-graft agencies.

To be honest with you, I am still at a loss why the agency has been looking the other side as if all what this insider has been reeling out into the public domain are jokes. Haba EFCC! It has so much flesh. He has a dossier on all the people he has alleged are holding on to huge sums of money belonging to Nigerian.

Except if the Chairman of EFCC will tell us they are among those untouchables we have come across of late. Why will Gara Gombe’s no-hold –barred disclosures be swept under the carpet and all those he mentioned in his serial releases walking freely on the streets enjoying their loots? Nigerians are keenly watching.

According to him, former NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari on the eve of his impeachment in 2014 by his executive committee members shared $10,000 each at Chida Hotel to stop his impeachment, they collected the money and still went ahead to do the needful, one of them Gara Gombe further claimed, Kawu Ahmad who signed the impeachment notice was not given his $10,000 but however, he later addressed the media to say that his signature was forged.

As if he was not done, Gombe said point blank that he has evidence that shows Ahmed Kawu who he described unfortunately, as the Chairman of one of the Leagues wrote to FIFA to claim that his signature was forged and his name was also mis-spelt as he is not Ahmed Kawu that he is Ahmad Muazu Kawu.

Now the questions begging for answers are, One, where did Aminu Magari get $130,000 over night to bribe his colleagues?

Two, why did his executive committee members collect the money and still impeached him but failed to return the money and he kept quite till today?  Three, the sixteen {16} count charges as contained in the Impeachment Notice where yet to be answered by Maigari, and as a matter of fact the Accounts of 2014 World Cup in Brazil has not been presented to NFF Congress till today.

Four, was there forgery? If any then who committed it? Five, was kawu's signature really forged? If yes, by who? Six. Why was Kawu nervous and quickly wrote to FIFA that his signature was forged? Was it to discredit the impeachment process or to establish the commission of crime and what did FIFA say till today? To say the obvious, it remains a big gang up between Nigeria and Zurich.

Citizen Gara Gombe said vividly that Ahmad Kawu was even on Radio, that he has a copy of his interview and ready to make it available, as he alleged, Kawu insulted President Buhari who he claimed refused to give money to NFF,  according to Kawu all the noise about money, money and money given to NFF, where’s the money?

Let me make it abundantly clear here that Buhari should not send EFCC after the NFF looters because Kawu was alleged to have insulted him, No, why the searchlight of the anti-graft agency must be beamed on NFF and sports federations must be based purely on merit via the hefty and glaring points on the money that exchanged hands without being properly accounted for. It is only then prosperity would not judge this Buhari government harsh for being insincere.

The so called corruption ‘war’ has unfortunately been targeted on perceived political enemies of PDP extraction and former President’s associates. Corruption in sports sector in Nigeria is dripping. Those that have ears must listen.

The former Chairman of Gombe State Football Association, Gara Gombe insists that all that Kawu gets from the NFF President is protection. Kawu, he further informed is a son-in-law to Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, the former Governor of Kano State and former Minister of Education. Just like Aminu Maigari is a father in-law to the former PDP National Chairman, Ahmed Muazu.

Both men, he said enjoyed tremendous protection to mess football around then. Even Amaju Pinnick he informed, is an in- law to the immediate past Governor of Delta State who stopped at nothing to ensure he emerged as President of NFF,  see how we  are now in deep mess, Gara re-echoes.

Again, let me place this on record, Alhaji Gara Gombe is well grounded in football administration in the land. He has held several important positions where he discharged his duties without hassle. He is hard work personified. His authentic leaks must not be waved aside. They carried lots of air and Nigerians are waiting. Lest we forget, the whereabouts of N2.9billion meant for the preparations of athletes for the forthcoming Olympics 2016 Games in Rio, Brazil has retarded our all-round preparations. Let investigation commence!!!

•Victor Enyinnaya can be reached via 08055068145 (sms only) or by e-mail via sportzvictor@yahoo.com.au

Source Daily Sports

Posted July 18, 2016


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