The Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF) Elections have been suspended indefinitely by Nigeria’s Ministry of Youth and Sports.
This comes on the back of a controversy and intense filled run up to the elections that were slated for Saturday, October 30 in Benin City in Edo State.
Nigeria women celebrating their triumph at the 2021 Africa Women’s Afrobasket
Musa Kida and Tijani Umar have been at loggerheads and the ill tempered manner of the feud has forced the Sports Ministry to call off the elections that was expected to take place this weekend.
Nigeria Federation President Musa Kida
Prior to the announcement, Nigeria’s National Women’s Basketball Team threatened to boycott upcoming games over unpaid bonuses while player representatives led a demonstration against Federation Chairman Kida.
A press statement was released by the Ministry detailing the main reason behind the suspension; finding a solution to the power crisis:
“Having reviewed the crisis around the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) and in consideration of the several attempts by the supervising Ministry to resolve the lingering crisis and fractionalization in the Basketball family, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development (FMYSD) hereby directs an indefinite suspension of the NBBF Elective Congress scheduled for 30 October, 2021 in Benin City. All concerned Stakeholders are expected to take note and comply.
“This decision is necessary to avert further deterioration of the leadership crisis and towards finding a workable solution to the current disagreements within the Federation. The rancour-free Development of Basketball in Nigeria is of utmost importance”.