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Why Abba Abdullahi Yola is most equipped resource person for NFF Presidency – Umunnabuike

By Fehintola Adewale, Abuja
21 September 2022   |   5:49 am
The Group Editor, Cosmopolitan Nigeria, Mr. Ejike Umunnabuike, has described Abba Abdullahi Yola, as a good man by every parameter. In a statement he signed yesterday in Abuja, he stated that Yola has been evaluated and assessed. He said: "He is a stable and well-rounded personality. He has a knack for details and drives for exactitudes in…

Abba Yola

The Group Editor, Cosmopolitan Nigeria, Mr. Ejike Umunnabuike, has described Abba Abdullahi Yola, as a good man by every parameter.

In a statement he signed yesterday in Abuja, he stated that Yola has been evaluated and assessed.

He said: “He is a stable and well-rounded personality. He has a knack for details and drives for exactitudes in whatever primary assignment schedules he is assigned to handle.

“Calm, humble, friendly, disciplined and a good listener. He comes across as an amiable individual any one would want to meet a second time, besides being well cultured.”

Adding: “He deserves the job he is seeking. He desires to be the next President of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF).

He noted that from my knowledge of him, he possessed the basic personality development traits of what the clinical psychologist will describe as a balanced and stable personality.

“He has a high Intelligent Quotient and Emotional Quotient.  His instinctual responses to the stimuli within his immediate physical environment is most encouraging and modeling.  He is a sports administrator per excellence.

“His vast and robust experiences, competence, skills and knowledge-base in sports and administration, particularly in football, were noticed in the days of such heroic sports administrators as late Commodore Anthony Ikhzebor, Air Commodore Emeka Omeruah and Alhaji Babayo Shehu of blessed memories, to mention a few.

“These noble Nigerian statesmen in their lifetime, gave direction and meaning to the administration of sports generally, especially the development of football, and Alhaji Abba Abdullahi Yola, who learned from their rich experiences and lasting impressions”, he said.

He stated that his first encounter with Yola as a reporter was 38 years ago during the 1984 All African Sports Tournament  held in the old Bauchi State, when late Air Commodore Emeka Omeruah was Nigeria’s Minister of Sports and Social Development.

“Since then till date, this urbane man of all seasons had demonstrated positive behavioral traits that are rare to find in most personalities of his class.

“His integrity, public image and social characterization in all his public and private conducts are very important to him than the value of gold or diamond.

The NFF requires a new direction. A fresh identity that will be devoid of internal bickering or in-fighting, unhealthy rivalries amongst officials with diverse primary and secondary socialization processes, which oftentimes, influence their perceptions about what the sport governing body is all about and what it should not be turned into.

“Having a novel leadership structure headed by Yola as the next President of the NFF will no doubt, help in redefining the fortunes and prospects of football development in Nigeria.

Alhaji Abba Abdullahi Yola is an excellent example of finding a person for the right job with the right credentials and right spirit to offer honest service to the satisfaction of mankind in the light of the truth.

“A thorough-bred Federal civil servant with the fear of God, he is one Nigerian that you can give a primary assignment schedule and you will be sure of positive results, even unexpected innovative concepts, being brought to bear on the administrative work so assigned.

“Vast and internationally connected, Alhaji Yola is the new face of Nigerian football that will appeal to FIFA and officials of FIFA, even as he retired meritoriously after 35 years of service in the Federal Ministry of Sports, Youth & Social Development.

“In a going type of way, Yola, when compared to the lineup of aspirants, justling for the position of NFF Presidency, possesses the most equipped measure of emotional, cognitive, investigative, social and native intelligence in his personality development scheme.”

Adding: “He has the capacity to give a new definition to the administration of football in Nigeria.

“This is the right time to offer unsolicited mechanical solidarity to this urbane man of all seasons as the right resource person to become the next NFF President in order to advance the frontiers of football development in Nigeria.”