THERE'S NOTHING TO SAY NOW – ADAMU
Embattled Nigeria's FIFA and CAF executive committee member, Dr. Amos Adamu, is not moved by the bribery scandal story making the rounds in the international media. In a reaction to the story, the Nigeria Football Association, NFA's former sole administrator told Daily SunSport that he was as shocked as any other person about the story.
'I want to thank you for your call but the truth of the matter is that this is all surprising. I don't want to talk on this issue, at least, for now but it would be dealt with I assure you. A formal briefing would hold today on it to address the issues raised. Right now, I don't want to make any statement until it is appropriate and that would be on Monday.
'When things happens like this, too many things come into play and for that reason, I really I don't want to make any official statement for now until tomorrow (Monday)'.
Before Dr. Adamu got into the FIFA as an executive committee member, he was director-general of the National Sports Commission (NSC) for 10 years before being dismissed in November 2008.
Adamu holds a doctorate degree in physical and health education. He was a university lecturer before joining the (NSC). He was appointed the sole administrator of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) in 1992, while still in the NSC. Adamu was involved in the administration and organization of the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship in Nigeria and the Nations Cup in 2000.
In December 2000, Adamu was named the head of the Organising Committee for the 8th All-Africa Games (COJA). The games were held in Abuja, October 2003, in the then newly constructed Abuja Stadium.
In 2005, Amos Adamu was picked as a member of the organizing committee for the first ever World Cup Finals in Africa to be hosted in South Africa 2010. In 2006, Adamu led the transformation of the Sports Ministry to the NSC. Adamu became an executive committee member of the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) and the Confederation of African Football (CAF). In April 2007, Adamu became the president of the West Africa Football Union.
In May 2008, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports and Social Development in Bayelsa State told members of the Senate Committee on Sports that problems with sports in Nigeria included corruption and dominance by a 'cabal' led by Dr. Adamu. In July 2008, Dr. Adamu announced that the NSC had initiated an inquiry into allegations of corruption in the local league.
On 6 November 2008, President Umaru Yar'adua ordered the removal of Dr. Adamu from the post of Director-General of the NSC. No reason was given. As of January 2009, Adamu remained a member of FIFA's 24-man executive committee.
In August 2009, Adamu said that problems in Nigerian sports since his dismissal had vindicated him. On 17 October 2010, It was reported in the UK Sunday Times that he allegedly agreed to receive £500,000 in order to influence the voting procedure with his vote for the 2018 FIFA World Cup bid.