Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick has revealed why he invited billionaire businessmen Aliko Dangote and Femi Otedola to the FIFA award night in London on Monday. The duo were cited in the event center on Monday night, and this generated a lot speculations in the media.
However, The NFF Boss has revealed that he invited the businessmen because he subscribed to the idea that both characters could help in rapid development of football in the country.
The Duo met with FIFA President Gianni Infantino and other football personalities at the event.
Pinnick said, “Alhaji Dangote is perhaps the biggest business brand in Africa, and one of Nigeria’s leading ambassadors. I am very happy to be in a position to invite himself and Mr Otedola to such an event of global stature and essence.
“As a nation, it is important that we continue to showcase our best brands in all fields. Doing this enhances the stock of our country globally. Alhaji Dangote and Mr Otedola were happy to meet the world’s top governors of football and the football governors were also happy to meet them”.
“Our objective is to attain financial autonomy so that the government can channel resources otherwise taken up by football into other critical sectors, and we believe that if we have persons like Dangote and Otedola partnering Nigerian football, we will get there faster”.