The election into the board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) slated for Benin City on Saturday has been put on hold. Sports Village Square gathered from various sources that the suspension was sequel to the lingering crisis rocking the sports federation.
It was further gathered that a statement on the suspension of the election was issued and signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Ismaila Abubakar on Monday.
The statement said, “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.
“The recent elections into the NBBF Board from the various Constituencies (i.e Zones, NAWIS, Military/Paramilitary, NAPHER.SD, etc) stand and those elected there from remain Members-Elect.”