Central Board to review case November 18
The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has given Nigeria until November 30 to hold election into the board of Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) or face a ban.
The world basketball governing body has vowed not to recognise any event that is organised by the sports ministry.
Nigerian basketball has been in serious crisis over who controls the federation. This situation forced the NBBF election to be put on hold, when other sports federation elections were held on September 30.
A letter from FIBA addressed to NBBF President, Musa Kida, made available to The Guardian, said: “On 26 October 2021, FIBA received a letter from the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development informing about the postponement of the Nigeria Basketball Federation’s (NBBF) Elective Congress, initially scheduled to take place on 30 October
“On 5 November 2021, FIBA received a copy of a communication from the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development of Nigeria, assuming the organisational responsibilities of the NBBF Premier Basketball League
“On 9 November 2021, FIBA received a copy of a communication from the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development of Nigeria related to their assumption of duties for the participation of the Nigeria national team during the FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifiers.
The FIBA letter, which the President of Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC), Habu Gumel, was copied, further reads: “As you are aware, under Article 9.7 of the FIBA’s General Statutes, National Member Federations (NMF) must manage their affairs independently without the influence of third parties, and ensure that their officials are elected or appointed under a democratic process.