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NIGERIA: You have my full support, Jonathan tells Keshi

Coach of the Nigerian football team Stephen Keshi speaks to journalists at the airport in Abuja on February 12, 2013. The newly crowned African champions Nigerian Super Eagles arrives in Abuja to a warm reception by fans and government officials after defeating Burkina Faso to win the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa.What looked like a replay of defining moment of the Westerhof era when some sports administrators in the country were bent in frustrating him, happened yesterday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja when President Goodluck Jonathan assured Keshi of his full support.

Westerhof  was reported to have complained to IBB when he had opportunity to meet with the former head of state that ‘the boys’ at the NFF would not  allow him to work due to their unnecessary interferences.

This, it was gathered made IBB to give the former Eagles handler direct access to the presidency for  every assistance he needed to discharge his duties.

Some close watchers of the unfolding event during and after the Afcon 2013 were of the opinion that this was what Coach Keshi had planned to achieve with his purported resignation – to have direct access to the presidency.

According to them, it would not be surprising if Keshi, who captained the Eagles  during that period has taken a clue from his former boss to achieve the same purpose.

President Jonathan told Keshi and his team during a well attended reception organised for the victorious Eagles at the banquet hall of the Presidential Villa, that they would have his full support.

Based on the promises and assurances of President Jonathan, Coach Stephen Keshi now, not only have direct access to the presidency but also to that of leadership of the National Assembly.

As it is today, Keshi can go direct to the president for whatever assistance he may need without necessarily going to the football federation begging for everything.

What do you make out from all this? If you were Keshi, would you have resigned in view of humiliation and lack of respect from NFF and other stakeholders? Will having direct access to the president in any way assist him in discharging his duties?

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