President Muhammadu Buhari has applauded Mr Amaju Pinnick, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), on his election into the FIFA Executive Council.
The council is the highest decision-making organ in world football.
The President said Pinnick, by dint of hardwork, dedication and consistency, has proven to be an efficient football administrator.
The world has now taken notice of his competence by electing him into the FIFA Council and one of the Vice Presidents of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Buhari said.
The President noted that this feat of enhanced visibility and prestige of Nigeria in the international community is coming on the heels of recent elections of other well qualified and endowed Nigerians into strategic leadership positions in international organisations.
He urged Pinnick to see his new assignment as an opportunity to enhance Nigeria’s reputation and identity as a football loving country and optimally utilise the role of sports, through football, as a driving force to engender development, peace and stability at the regional and international levels.
“As an active supporter of the round leather game, the President joins other enthusiastic fans in Nigeria and across the continent in wishing the NFF president the best in his new position”, said Femi Adesina, the President’s media adviser.