Lawmaker joins campaign against violence

Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Sports, Godfrey Ali Gaiya says he is satisfied with the progress made so far in the campaign against football violence in the country and lauded the effort of the 1 GAME: Football without Violence campaign in ensuring that the culture of respect and fair play is imbibed at all levels of football in Nigeria.

Speaking with 1 GAME’s Tony Ademodi in Abuja, Gaiya said the anti-violence initiative is “infact, one of the best things that has ever happened in Nigerian football.”

“I've heard of 1 GAME so much that I feel honoured to be part of it. No country survives with violence and that can also be said about the football world.

“1 GAME has come to stay because if you look around you will see that many of the soccer loving fans have long before now been indulging themselves in violence if their cherished football club losses a match. But a lot has changed now.

“We thank God for the crew behind 1 GAME and for the fact that the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) is part of the campaign,” Gaiya said.

Gaiya who represents Jaba/Zangon Kafat Federal Constituency of Kaduna State in the House of Representatives also stressed the need for Nigerians to support the Nigerian Premier League, stating that the NPL is ensuring that the League gets even better.

“The time has come for Nigerians to start watching the Nigerian Premier League, because we must support our own. I’m not saying that we should not watch the European leagues, but let's not forget that charity begins at home.

“We’re still a developing country and it will not take long before we get to where most of the European countries are today. Yes I do agree that we've had problems in the administration of football in our country and that Nigeria is a country where almost every soccer loving fan is a coach. We will nevertheless continue to strive hard to see that all is done to improve on sports development in our country,” he added.

Born on October 9, 1965, Gaiya holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from the University of Ibadan, Oyo State and a Master’s Degree in Hydrology from the University of Lagos.

He served as Special Adviser to the Kaduna State Governor from 2004-2006 before being elected into the lower chamber of the National Assembly in 2007.

The 46 year old joins a reputable list of local and international icons from the sporting world whose involvement in the 1 GAME campaign has helped promote its call for an end to violence and extreme fanaticism in football.

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