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22 September 2014
The Nigerian media have commended the ground-breaking initiative of NFF Presidential candidate Shehu Dikko to have a personal website through which he could interact with all football stakeholders in Nigeria and beyond.

“A FIRST was achieved in the country’s football on Saturday in Warri when one of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) presidential aspirants, Shehu Dikko, unveiled his website for the campaign,” reported the electronic version of one of Nigeria’s leading newspapers, The Guardian.

“I want to have a platform where I will be able to relate with the football fans out there. I want them to know what is on my mind about Nigerian football and I also want to get their feedbacks. That is the hallmark of good administration, getting to know how people feel out there and getting meaningful suggestions because no one knows it all,” he said.

Dikko believes the time has come to give Nigerian football a new dimension.

“It is instructive to note that the NFF doesn’t even have an official website. Things have got to change. We have to change the dimension of Nigerian football so as to attract more corporate involvement.

"I have been at the centre of most private sector initiatives in Nigerian football for the past 10 years and that is what I am bringing to the NFF. You will remember that I initiated the summer visit of Manchester United and Portsmouth to Nigeria in 2008. Those are the type of initiatives that will boost Nigerian football,” he added.

According to Dikko, the website,, will outlive the NFF elections billed forSeptember 30.

“This is not all about the elections. Even as NFF president, I will maintain the website. Under me, surely we will have a functional NFF website but it is always good to practice what you preach. I can’t talk about having a functional NFF website if I can’t keep my personal site running. So, I encourage Nigerians to feel free to interact with me on this platform.”

Managing Editor of Daily Trust newspaper Ismaila Lere remarked: “This is a most laudable innovation and it bodes very well for a new and forward-looking administration of football in Nigeria.”

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