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Basketball stakeholders reject Kida-led NBBF board, condemn Sports Minister Action


Basketball stakeholders reject Kida-led NBBF board, condemn Sports Minister Action

The New Face of Basketball has frowned against the imposition of Musa Kida as President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF).

The basketball stakeholders group told Journalists in Abuja on Thursday that the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has imposed kida on them.

The group warned that the move would harm the sport more than good.

The group, represented by four members, added that the Minister’s action was illogical, irrational, unreasonable, and a miscarriage of justice.

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The reports gathered that the Nigerian basketball family, which had since 2017 been sharply divided, slid further into a state of disarray on Jan. 31.

The problem started when Igoche Mark, a former player, emerged as the winner of a parallel board election in Abuja, just as Kida was the winner of the other in Benin.

The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development had issued a directive that the NBBF election should hold in Abuja just like the other sports federations did in 2021.

They said Kida faction countered the directive to hold another election.

However, the Minister has chosen Kida as the NBBF President after publicly acknowledging that two elections took place and would be disregarded.

In his reaction, the Chairman of the Kaduna State Basketball Association, Scambo Morrison, said his group had maintained silence on the development for a peaceful resolution.

The Director of Media, Mark ‘D’ Ball Basketball Championships, Kingsley Aigbonoga, acknowledged that the Kida-led board had purportedly initiated reconciliation.

But he said his group decided not to honour the invitation of the reconciliation committee because the process lacked merit.

“The reconciliation committee, in the first place, lacks merit, sincerity of purpose by its constitution and the steps taken so far, and they are therefore unnecessary and unacceptable to us.

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