NFF pledge support for 1 Game programs

Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Security Committee Effiong Johnson says the Nation’s football governing body will throw its full weight behind all programs embarked upon by the 1 GAME: Football without Violence campaign as it seeks to bring an end to fanaticism and other vices associated with the game.

The Akwa Ibom State Football Association Chairman spoke with 1 GAME founder Philip Obaji via telephone on Wednesday morning to reassure of his support to the campaign and express the willingness of the NFF to collaborate with the anti-violence organization in realizing its objective of ‘football without violence.’

“As far as this campaign is concerned, I want to assure you that you still have my support and that of the Nigeria Football Federation. The NFF particularly through its security committee which I am Chairman will ensure that it supports all your programs as it believes in your vision for football.

“Bringing an end to violence in football is a collective responsibility and requires the synergy of policy makers, non governmental agencies, international agencies, the civil society and the media. We will play our part and I believe the results will come," he said.

Johnson who is also the Chairman of Chairmen of the NFF board concluded by thanking the 1 GAME team for making a timely intervention to save football.

“I want to thank the 1 GAME team for being steadfast. The team is gifted and we have seen all what it has achieved. Football is better with 1 GAME involved but there is more to be done,” Johnson said.

The 1 GAME campaign was initiated in June 2010 with a primary aim of combating violence and fanaticism in football and was officially endorsed by the NFF on the floor of the 2010 Annual General Assembly held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on December 28, 2010.
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