…Gen Adebayo’s Burial Causes Fast-Forward
The Grand hosting of the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Melvin Amaju Pinnick, has been fast-tracked by a day, as the event scheduled for Saturday, May 20th will now be held Friday May 19, at the Government House, Benin City. Time remains 6:30pm.
As expected top government officials from all the six geo-political zone of the South South region of Nigeria are expected and according to the Chairman, Media Committee of the region and Edo FA Chairman, Frank Ilaboya, the glizt and glamour of the event remain intact despite moving the event forward.
He said after a soul-searching meeting in Benin City on Thursday, Governor Godwin Obaseki, pleaded that the event should be held on Friday, instead of shifting it forward again after a huge media excitement over the hosting of the NFF President, Chairman CAF, Organising Committee, Media Committee and member of the all-powerful FIFA Organising Committee.
Ilaboya explained that the shift-forward was occasioned by a host of national events especially the burial of former Western Region Governor, Late Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo, which will hold in Ekiti state on Saturday and Edo state will like to be fully represented at no lesser rate than the state’s Chief Executive.
Dignitaries expected at the South South Grand Reception for Pinnick have already been informed of the latest development and most of them have concurred to the detour and have promised to make the event one to remember, because the future according to all of them rests with the younger generations of Nigerians.