It is common knowledge that Government has no business in meddling with football affairs, especially to the extent of suspending its National team from international competition for two years. With this move, Jonathan acted as though the Super Eagles belongs to him rather than to millions of soccer-loving Nigerians. He has also shown that he has bad judgment, for he could have easily dissolved NFF administration without withdrawing the National team from international competitions. Furthermore, if his purpose is to improve the standing of Super Eagles in international competitions, does he not realize that going two years without competitive football--or possibly four years or more, if FIFA suspends Nigeria because of Govt. interference- will damage the Super Eagles's brand globally, and the players will be understandably rusty for a while because of such prolonged absence from international competitions.
What makes Jonathan different from Abacha, with respect to the harm he caused the Eagles when he withdrew them from the ACN? There are also other more pressing issues other than football that are more deserving of presidential attention, but no, instead of focusing on how to fix the dilapidated and embarrassing state of Nigeria's infrastructure, Jonathan is diverting way too much energy to football. Abeg, Mr. Jonathan, is this a sign that you will bring "badluck" to Nigeria? I think it's time to take a second look at the man whom many Nigerians had prematurely bestowed the title as Nigeria's savior. After all, his judgment on this football issue may show why he is not the right man to transition Nigeria from her current state to the place where she deserves to be.