NBBF crisis: FG gives Kida and Umar camps 21 days to settle their differences


Elections for the board of directors of the Nigerian Basketball Federation, NBBF, have been suspended until issues surrounding the federation’s constitution are resolved.

The decision was taken at the basketball stakeholder meeting chaired by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and the Nigerian Olympic Committee on Wednesday evening in Abuja.

The meeting was called to deliberate on the conflicting issues regarding the crisis shaking the federation which involves the camps of the former faction presidents of the NBBF, Tijani Umar and Musa Kida.

At the meeting, it was agreed that the parties should resolve the issues regarding the conduct of the NBBF board elections within the next 21 days.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, a former president of FIBA ​​Africa (Zone 3), Muktar Kahleh, said: “The issue in dispute is the Constitution, some parties do not agree with the constitution and others are.

“But because of this, the resolution now is that both parties should go see the Constitution, whatever area they disagree with, they should write and submit to the ministry and the NOC.

“And 21 days’ notice was given. During this period, the ministry and the NOC will review the issues in dispute and call us back to find out how to resolve the issues.

In addition, the Extraordinary Congress as well as the zonal, player and technical representative elections are suspended pending resolution of the issues in dispute.

“The Congress is no longer taking place, no election for the NBBF for the moment until the problems are resolved,” he added.

“Basketball bigger than anyone”

Additionally, while addressing reporters after the meeting, Kida said basketball in Nigeria is taller than any individual, stressing that the survival of basketball trumps any personal interest.

Kida said: “Everyone was told to file what they believed to be their complaint, and there will be 21 days of consultations and they will allow the NBBF congress to come and deliberate on these clauses, after which the elections of the NBBF will then be organized.

“It’s a very healthy way to get a lot of people involved in the development of the game in the country.”

Meanwhile, sports administrator Emmanuel Zira called on all stakeholders to resolve their differences in order to avoid the FIBA ​​ban.

“Tijani Umar and Musa Kida should all avoid the FIBA ​​ban,” he said.