Replying to the letter seeking to meet FIFA leadership in Switzerland, the world football governing body wrote: “While we are aware of the seriousness and urgency of the matter, we regret to inform you that we are not in a position to respond favourably to your request for an appointment with the FIFA Leadership. In fact, the FIFA President is indisposed during the proposed period,” stated FIFA in their response.
“Moreover, we would Iike to recall that one member of the proposed delegation, Mr Chris Giwa, is currently under a worldwide ban, in accordance with the decision of the FIFA DiscipIinary Committee dated 10 January 2017 to extend the five—year ban from taking part in any kind of football-related activity imposed by the Nigeria FootbaIl Federation’s (NFF) Disciplinary Committee on 12 May 2016…
“We would Iike to emphasise that we normally communicate with and through our member associations, in this case the NFF under its Iegitimate President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick.
“Consequently, we would be grateful to have any future correspondence be routed through the NFF directly,” added FIFA, to reiterate its displeasure that the Minister wrote through Nigeria’s ambassador to Switzerland.