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Dalung Disagrees With Attorney-General Over NFF Order

Sports minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung has reportedly written a letter of disagreement to Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Barrister Abubakar Malami (SAN), to contradicted a recent directive on the crisis at Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

In his rejoinder to an earlier letter that Malami is said to have written to him, Dalung is said to have stated categorically that he does not agree with the AGF’s advice to maintain status quo in the NFF issue, as he believes President Muhammadu Buhari could not have given him such a directive through him on the soccer body’s prolonged matter.

This comes after Malami is said to have written a letter to Dalung on July 20th, 2018 tagged: “A plea for caution in implementing one-sided court orders concerning the NFF and the need to respect FIFA’s position on the orders.”

Furthermore, in the said letter to Dalung, Malami reportedly claimed to have received the alleged directive from President Buhari.

In his reply to the Attorney General, Dalung drew his attention to the fact that President Buhari communicates with him directly and has no reason whatsoever sending an alleged directive to him on a subject that is under his purview through him.

Dalung urged the AGF to also note that President Buhari “is a strong advocate and an uncompromisingly adherent to the rule of law and would therefore not issue such alleged directive that would clearly be at variance with his well know position.”

Dalung further stressed that the advice from the AGF to both parties “to maintain status quo ante, is a fragrant contradiction to his last two letters to him on the matter.”

This also comes after the Attorney General twice wrote to Dalung, advising him to enforce the orders of the Federal High Court, Jos that was later upheld by the Supreme Court.

Dalung concluded in his letter to the AGF by advising him thus: “As the number one law officer in the country, it behoves you to provide unequivocal guidance whenever there is any perceived confusion on matters bothering on the rule of law.”


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