The number one football man in the country was recently elected into the executive council of the world football governing body and has now received a congratulatory message from the country’s number one citizen
President Muhammadu Buhari has sent his congratulations to Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick.
Pinnick was elected into the FIFA Executive council on Friday evening, and he received praise from Nigeria’s number one citizen.
President Buhari took to his Twitter handle to congratulate Pinnick on Friday night, praising the NFF president as a top football administrator.
“I congratulate Mr. Amaju Pinnick, President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), on his election into the FIFA Executive Council, the highest decision-making organ in world football, Buhari said.
Through hard work, dedication and consistency, Mr. Pinnick has proven to be an efficient football administrator, and the world has taken notice by electing him into the FIFA Council and as one of the Vice Presidents of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Yet again Nigeria is seeing enhanced visibility and prestige in the international community, on the heels of recent elections of other qualified Nigerians into strategic leadership positions in international organisations. I wish Mr. Pinnick the best in his new position!
Pinnick was elected in the same election that brought in Patrice Motsepe as the new CAF president. The South African billionaire became the 8th president of Africa’s football governing body, replacing Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad.
Motsepe was elected unopposed after his rivals pulled out following discussions with FIFA president Gianni Infantino.
The 59-year-old is also the first person from an Anglophone country to rule Africa’s football governing body.