Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, second vice-president Shehu Dikko has said lasting peace in Nigerian football is the only means of bringing development and investment to the game in the country.
Dikko, who is also the chairman of the League Management Company, LMC, along with top NFF officials, has faced a slew of investigations by anti-graft agencies EFFC and ICPC over financial misappropriation.
He has equally been on the receiving end of a media backlash from Players’ Union chieftain Harrison Jalla.
Dikko said Nigerians are open to questioning the actions of the NFF, but advised against negative publicity which scares away potential sponsors of Nigerian football.
Nonetheless, the chairman of the Television, Sponsorship and Marketing Committee of the NFF, noted that the relative peace enjoyed in the football ecosystem in the past six months has brought about positive change, which includes the new Red strike Investment and Commercial deal the LMC signed on behalf of the NPFL.
“There are always people who are not happy with the progress of Nigerian football, but you can see with the small calmness we are having in our football during the Covid period, and everything was running, you can see now we got a world-class brand like Red strike to come and invest,” he said in a recent interview on Kennis FM.
“That’s what we keep telling people that; ‘look, we can resolve all our issues internally. Nobody is beyond to be asked questions or to be asked to explain your actions’. It’s normal. It’s part of life. But you do it the right way.