The ministry also announced the suspension on its own Twitter account though it gave no details on when the decision would take effect.
The best performance achieved by Nigeria at the FIFA World Cup was reaching the Round of 16 in 1994, 1998 and 2014.
"We are safe. We have not been flushed out of anywhere," Boko Haram's elusive leader Abubakar Shekau spoke in a video.
Nigeria is unlikely to see an end soon to the deadly suicide bombings and assaults on remote military outposts carried out by the Islamic extremist group.