Onigbinde: Maigari Is Architect Of His Downfall

Onigbinde: Maigari Is Architect Of His Downfall

Former FIFA/CAF Technical Instructor, Chief Adegboye Onigbinde has driven a long nail on the head of sacked NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari alleging the impeached Glass House boss was indeed the architect of his down fall.

Maigari became the fourth NFF President to be impeached after Kojo Williams, Alhaji Galadima Ibrahim and Alhaji Sani Lulu Abdullahi, following Thursday’s decision of eight out of the 13 executive committee members in Abuja.


Onigbinde posited in a no-hold-barred interview with Complete Sports over the latest ‘Tsunami’ that hit Nigeria football shortly after the Super Eagles 2-0 defeat by Les Bleus of France in the second round of the concluded World Cup in Brazil that what matters is not the impeachment (of Maigari per se) but what really happens after the impeachment.

“The moment a leader chooses to lead from behind, allowing his subordinates to begin to dictate for him, then his end is imminent”, Onigbinde declared.

“When they were in South Africa, in January for the CHAN, I called Maigari on his mobile phone and asked why the Nigeria Premier League should be stopped when only 23 players of the home based Super Eagles made the CHAN team.

“Surprisingly he replied by saying it was the duty of the (NFF) technical committee. That indeed shows he was not in-charge.”

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“The impeachment was done by the Executive Board so let’s wait for its ratification by the congress.

“But all that has beginning also have an end also. What matters most is not his impeachment but what really happens after the impeachment.”

The one time Shooting Stars of Ibadan General Manager added that when such end comes to such a leader, as it really happened to Maigari last Thursday, such leader alone bears the effect.

“If in a committee of 13 members, eight (8) say they are not aware of what you are doing, then something is really wrong.

“Unfortunately, it’s going to affect him more than anyone else, it’s going to knock on his head alone.”

The Modakeke High Chief added: “When they (Maigari’s NFF) came on board, sorry to be personal, the technical committee chairman called me to serve in one of their committees. Later Maigari himself called me and said same thing and I accepted.

“But till now, no one has called me to say I’m no longer in the committee.”

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  • Maigari and Onigbinde differences is personal just as Onigbinde rightly stated. Onigbinde should stop washing their dirty linen in the public. He may be saying the truth, but he ought to have cried out when the going was good or bad. Why is he crying over split milk. The fact that Maigari is indicted or found wanting does not warrant Onigbinde to be ranting. I strongly nelieve that if the shoe had been in the other foot, Onigbinde will do worst. Why did Onigbinde refused to complain knowing fully well that the administration of NFF was not transparent.? Why did Onigbinde not take the Bull by the horn and tender his resignation? Does it mean that Onigbinde refused to critisize the organisation he belong because he benifeted during the reign of Maigari? Will Onigbinde not survive without romancing with the football house? Chief Onigbinde should let the sleeping dog be and allow those in charge to take action and do necessary things to move our football to greater heights

  • olakoni kehinde 8 years ago

    if leaders are not leading well the followers should correct them in order to avoid doom.