Emeruwa rejects NFF Sec Gen offer, insists on presidency


Johnny Edward

Head of Safety and Security Department, Confederation of Africa Football, Dr Christian Emeruwa, says he declined offers to become the next Secretary-General of the Nigeria Football Federation from two contenders vying for the football body’s presidency at this month’s poll in Benin City, The PUNCH reports.

Emeruwa, who refused to disclose the name of the aspirants who approached him to become their Secretary-General, added that he was focused on becoming the next president of the NFF.

He had served as Personal Assistant to a General Secretary of the NFF and later as Special Assistant to two other NFF General Secretaries.

“People assume I will love to become the Secretary-General (of the NFF). I have been approached by two contestants to become their Secretary-General in the coming dispensation and I told them point blank that it’s either I’m the president or nothing,” Emeruwa said.

“I have served three Secretary-Generals and I know the frustration and when I say frustration I mean that every fantastic idea is killed by the Executive Committee because you are not the one that gives the final say.

“So, I’m not interested in being the Secretary-General of the Nigeria Football Federation. In my current position as Head, Confederation of African Football Safety and Security, I’m way beyond the Secretary-General of the NFF.”

Emeruwa, one of the 11 contenders cleared to contest for the NFF presidency, added that he was not desperate to succeed current NFF boss Amaju Pinnick.

“I’m not also looking for a job in the NFF because I have a job in CAF. So, if people feel that it is not yet time for me to become president, I will go back to where I’m coming from and continue with my job. So, it’s not like I’m looking for a job and anything is thrown at me in the process. I’m very comfortable and I’m only coming to see what we can do correctly and differently.”

The PUNCH on Tuesday reported that the NFF Electoral Committee 2022 cleared a total of 11 persons to contest for the position of president at the elections scheduled for September 30 in Benin City.

They are incumbent vice presidents of the NFF, Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko; Ibrahim Gusau; current board member, Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande; and immediate past General Secretary, Musa Amadu.

Others cleared for the exalted post are Amanze Uchegbulam, Mouktar Mohammed, former Nigeria international, Peterside Idah; Abba Yola and UK-based David-Buhari Doherty.

Pinnick’s second term is billed to lapse on September 20, having first assumed office in 2014.