Presidency addresses NFF president’s arrest allegations
7 January 2019 Sport
The Presidency on Sunday night debunked the allegation that President Muhammadu Buhari ordered for the arrest and prosecution of Amaju Pinnick, President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF.
The Presidency described the allegation as fake news.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu in Abuja, warned those dropping the name of President Buhari in the allegation to desist from that.
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 is not in the nature of President Buhari to say go and arrest that man or woman as formed the practice in the past.
“Rather, he allows all allegations of this nature to be addressed using the mechanism of the rule of law even as law enforcement and investigation agencies should not in any way be hampered in performing their duties.
“At the same time, nobody should drop names to seek to influence the course of those investigations.”