Rugby Africa has suspended the Nigeria Rugby Football Federation from participating in all Rugby Africa and World Rugby activities following what they described as “government interference.”
The suspension of the NRFF is with immediate effect, according to a letter from the African body made available to our correspondent on Tuesday.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, on Friday dissolved the boards of 30 sports federations, including the rugby federation, and inaugurated three-man caretaker committees to run the affairs of the federations ahead of elections scheduled for September.
Reacting to the board’s dissolution, Rugby Africa swiftly suspended the NRFF, meaning the country’s national team, the Black Stallions, would not participate in next month’s Rugby World Cup pre-qualifiers in Burkina Faso.
The letter, signed by Rugby Africa’s president Khaled Babbou, confirmed the suspension.
“We have learned of the dissolution of the boards of 31 (30) sports federations in Nigeria, including the rugby federation, to be replaced by handpicked caretaker committees,” Babbou said in a letter addressed to Sunday Dare.
“We would humbly remind the Honourable Minister that the constitution of the NRFF, which was ratified at their Extraordinary General Meeting held in Lagos on March 3, 2018, was also formally approved by Rugby Afrique and by World Rugby at the time.