Johnson chides Football Federation on violence


Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Security Committee, Effiong Johnson (In pic taking questions from 1 Game's Chuma Okoli) says the country’s football governing body has not done enough to fight violence in the game but admitted the NFF “sincerely does not want to see it continue in football.”

Johnson who is also Chairman of the Akwa Ibom State Football Association was speaking at an ethical re-orientation programme on violence organized by the 1 GAME: Football without Violence campaign in Calabar on Thursday.

He said the fight against violence in Nigeria football is slow and “not being done properly.”

“Sometimes I wonder who should be at the forefront of this campaign against violence. Is it the football governing body or civil societies? I know that every stakeholder has a role to play but so far, I think only 1 GAME is working.

“As Chairman of the NFF Security Committee, I’ve asked myself – how much have we done to make the game safer? I realize so little after all. I believe the fight against violence require the synergy of government, football administrators, policy makers, civil societies and non-governmental organizations. It is not a one-man-show,” he added.

Johnson who turned 51 last Saturday went on to praise to efforts of the Nigerian media in the fight against violence describing their contributions as “the catalyst” in the campaign.

“The media has been the biggest tool so far used in this campaign and I’m proud of its contributions. I read about the progress of the 1 GAME campaign in the papers and see a lot about the initiative on television. It has been the catalyst.
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