Football Stakeholders Investigate Shehu Dikko ahead of NFF Election.

Football Stakeholders Investigate Shehu Dikko ahead of NFF Election.

By Alloy Chukwuemeka

Ahead of the Forthcoming Election into the Board of the Nigeria Football Federation NFF, some selected  Football Stakeholders from across the country have beamed their searchlight into the antecedents of one of the topmost contenders into the office of the President of the NFF Malam Shehu Dikko. 

The independent investigation team of the  Stakeholders comprised of Seasoned Football Administrators, Ex players, Sports Journalists, and notable Football enthusiasts in their discreet discoveries  revealed that the Man Shehu Dikko who is presently the 2nd Vice President of the NFF and Chairman of the League Management Company had over the years done a lot of underground moves which were unknown to the Football followers in the country.

From the findings, it was revealed that Shehu Dikko stepped into the Football scene prominently as he was instrumental to the formation of the popular Kaduna Professionals Football club that made waves in the North Western Football environment some years back.

The report also had it that Dikko played a vital role as a Marketing consultant to some of the major Sponsorship and Marketing partnerships including the popular Globacom deals that were sealed by both the Nigeria Football Federation and the Nigeria Football League and as attested to by former Nigeria League boss Late Chief Oyuki Obaseki. 

Other background checks on him informed that Since his assumption of office as the CEO of the LMC after playing a vital role to midwife the creation of the League Management Company (LMC), Dikko worked closely with the then Chairman, Hon. Nduka Irabor to unbundle the commercial inflows of the NPFL via the Supersport television deal. 

History will bear witness that during the buoyant period of the LMC/NPFL, most activities of the several Football affiliates were given tremendous support by the Shehu Dikko led LMC, in the spirit of sportsmanship and oneness,  all these are verifiable. 

Another revelation from the report was that Shehu Dikko painstakingly ensured that the NFF bill before the National Assembly which is meant to align the FIFA, CAF and NFF statutes with the laws of the Federal  Republic of Nigeria was pushed to a conclusive end awaiting Presidential assent. 

The discreet report further revealed how Shehu Dikko made a high tasking underground moves through the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission NBC to include via its ACTS , sections which allows for corporate bodies sponsoring Football league abroad to give certain percentage and incentives to the domestic league. 

On his stewardship as the Chairman of the LMC,  the report revealed that Dikko made an outstanding performance in the League with several innovations and uncommon transformation which took our league to an enviable height before the global economic recession occasioned by the covid-19 pandemic affected the financial inflows of the League alongside some toxic activities of some elements who were envious of his achievements and high rising profiles. 

In his determination to keep the League afloat despite the financial challenges,  Dikko made personal sacrifices including selling off his private properties to fund some of  the League activities. 

At the LMC, he was in the forefront of attracting a lot of sponsorship deals like  Supersport, FIRS, 1-XBET, and recently Bet9ja, Hero Beer, Bitnob and etc, now under his leadership as the Chairman of the LMC. 

As the CEO of the LMC,  he was instrumental to the NPFL-LaLiga partnership which took football stakeholders and NPFL All Stars team to Spain, for Grade A soccer tournaments, Capacity Building for Administrators and etc.

The partnership also culminated to the NPFL- LaLiga Technical Partnership for training of local coaches as well as the yearly  NPFL- Laliga U-15  Promises championship, for youth development. 

Despite the negative actions of some toxic elements and football critics who work negatively against the system to frustrate and discourage some of the potential investors in the League,  Dikko painstakingly floated the NPFL-TV, which attracted commendation from both within and outside the shores of the country.

His uncommon transformation to the Domestic League NPFL attracted international recognition when he was invited to join other Leagues across the world to become a pioneer member of the World Leagues Forum.

He is also a member of CAF and FIFA Committees, aside being a recipient of the prestigious 'The Sun Sports Man of the Year' award,  amongst others.

Malam Shehu Dikko is currently the 2nd Vice President of the NFF and Chairman, Strategic Studies Committee with great knowledge, contacts and diplomatic exposure to revamp the Nigeria Football system and take the country's football to greater heights.

In 2014, the entire football stakeholders in Nigeria unanimously tipped him to become the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, but  power play and political intrigues stopped him amidst victimization and humiliations.

Despite that denial, he humbled himself and joined the present day NFF leadership, working together with total loyalty, dedication and commitment in the interest of the game, that is the symbol of a man of integrity and commitment to service delivery. 

Today, time has beckoned on him to come and take the mantle that was taken away from him, to fulfill God's design and destiny, to take Nigeria Football to the Promised Land. 

In conclusion,  the report suggested that since the NFF presidency had been zoned to the Northern part of the country after eight years in the south by the incumbent,  the man Shehu Dikko owing to his experience,  intelligence,  wisdom,  contacts and diplomatic relations deserves to be voted as the next president of the Nigeria Football Federation NFF.

Anyone who is against the aspiration of Shehu Dikko is only doing so as a result of personal hatred, envy and falsehood because he had got the capability,  capacity and political will to Administer Nigeria Football to a greater height. 

Finally, our checks have revealed that he is cleared of any impediments and his hands are cleansed of any infractions at both private and public services. 

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