President MUHAMMADU BUHARI has said his administration will pay keen interest to accountability and transparency to fast-track football development in the country.
Receiving the FIFA President, GIANNI INFANTINO, and the Secretary-General, FATMA SAMUORA, at State House, President BUHARI challenged football administrators to fashion out strategic programmes to develop the game.
Congratulating the duo on their election, particularly SAMUORA, the first African and female to be elected FIFA Secretary-General, President BUHARI welcomed INFANTINO’s programme to reform the world game through transparency, anti-corruption and good governance.
The President pledged Nigeria’s support to FIFA president’s reform agenda, noting that they were similar to those his presidency had outlined to resuscitate football in Nigeria.
In his remarks, INFANTINO asked the Nigerian authorities to pay attention to infrastructure and find a lasting solution to the problem of violence and insecurity at match venues.
The FIFA officials were accompanied by the Minister of Youth and Sports, SOLOMON DALUNG, NFF President, AMAJU PINNICK and President, Nigeria Olympic Committee, HABU GUMEL.