The Presidency has denied allegations that President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the arrest and prosecution of NFF President Amaju Pinnick, describing it as fake news.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu released a statement in Abuja yesterday, stating that people should desist from dragging the President’s name to the mud.
The statement read, “A press release in circulation in the last 24 hours, to the effect that President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the arrest and prosecution of Amaju Pinnick, the NFF Chairman, is fake news because anyone familiar with the President’s unmitigated and unshakable commitment to the due processes of the law will not make such assumptions of the President.”
“The position of the President that allegations of criminal nature should be addressed only by investigation and law enforcement agencies, within the framework of the law has not changed.”
It was earlier reported that President Buhari ordered the arrest of Pinnick. However, Pinnick has denied such reports stating that it was untrue.
The country late last year avoided a ban by FIFA over political interference in football matters and would not want to go down that road again.
By Chineze Ogugua
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