The Federation of Nigeria Football was suspended Monday, October 4th by the Federation of International Football (FIFA) Executive Emergency Committee for interference by the Nigeria government into the football affairs of that country football governing body.
Nigeria has been suspended on the grounds of court actions against elected members of the Executive Committee of the NFF preventing them from exercising their functions, duties, the resignation of the NFF acting Secretary General by directive of the National Sports Commission, the Minister of Sports decision to have Nigerian League star without relegation from previous season, making the NFF Executive Committee paralyzed and ineffective to function without any interference by the government.
According to a FIFA Press release, the suspension will remain in place until the court actions have ceased and the duly elected NFF Executive Committee is able to work without any interference.
While under suspension, the NFF will not be able to be represented in any regional, continental or international competitions, including at club level, and in friendly matches. The NFF nor any of its members or officials will benefit from any development programme, course, or training from FIFA or CAF while the federation remains suspended.
This is the second time Nigeria has come under suspension for government interference into the affairs of the Nigeria Football Federation, in July the country was suspend for interference by President Johnathan Goodluck for the poor performance of the Nigeria Super Eagles in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.