Daily Trust (Abuja)

22 December 2012

Nigeria: Irabor Will Cleanse NPL of Corruption - Lumumba

Former NFF presidential aspirant, Hon. Lumumba Dah Ade has hailed the appointment of Hon. Nduka Irabor to head the 12 man NPL management committee as he said his former colleague in the House of Representatives has all it takes to wipe out corruption in the Nigeria Premier League.

Speaking to Trustsports yesterday, the former aide to President Olusegun Obasanjo said he was in support of the appointment of Irabor to lead the committee because he has the moral strength and capability to sanitize the league that is bedeviled by corruption.

He said what the Nigerian league needs at the moment is someone with the courage to cleanse it of all acts of corruption and Irabor is the right man for the assignment.

"I think it is a wonderful decision particularly for the headship of the team. Nduka Irabor is somebody I know to be passionate about football. He is a lawmaker and I believe given the right atmosphere he may be the right person to drive the change we need in the NPL. If given the right environment, he has the capacity to drive the process of creating a solid legal framework on which Nigerian football would stand.

"And I know Nduka is not one to take nonsense so the corruption that has become synonymous with the Nigerian league will be a thing of the past. Those who think it will be business as usual should better forget it. Definitely there will be a turn around.

"Hon. Irabor with his private business background will definitely bring it to bear on the league. There are other experienced people like Salisu Abubakar and the rest of them. I think it is a good team but they must have the right environment for them to perform to their full potential for the benefit of Nigerian league".

Lumumba therefore advised the committee to urgently work towards getting sponsors for the league as he said it has the potential to take the country far in the game of football.

" Nigerian league has very great potential and can take us very far but my advice to the committee is that without further delay, they should try and get sponsors for the league and make as one of its focus the return of fans to the terraces", he advised.

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