The factional leaders in the tussle for control of Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Tijanni Umar and Musa Kida have both accepted terms rolled out Thursday by Federation of International Basketball Associations (FIBA) for fresh election that would bring peace to the giants’ sport.
Although Kida initially felt reluctant to accept the peace resolution, Umar said he would obey the decision of the FIBA Executive Committee, which he said should go a long way in resolving crisis rocking the NBBF.
FIBA said the decision to have a fresh election became necessary as the June 12 and 13 polls held in Kano and Abuja respectively failed to meet its statutes.
Despite the call for a fresh election, FIBA added: “Communication still to be maintained with Engineer Musa Kida, Babatunde Ogunade and Chimezie Asiegbu until such time as the new elections are held as per our letter of 26 July, 2017.”
In reaction, Kida admitted that the impasse has affected the growth of basketball in Nigeria and pledged to cooperate with FIBA to evolve acceptable statutes for administration of the sport in the country, in line with the international body’s standards.
Kida assured that the NBBF will cooperate with FIBA to come up with acceptable statutes for basketball administration in Nigeria in line with FIBA’s provision.
Kida lamented that the continued impasse has affected the expected growth of basketball especially the various national leagues and capacity building programs for coaches and technical officials as he called on all stakeholders to exercise more patience.
He said: “As a responsible organization with a passion for basketball development in Nigeria will work closely with FIBA during this critical phase, forging a way forward for basketball in Nigeria.”
“This has dragged on for so long, but we know that this process is necessary if we want to secure the future of basketball and generations unborn.
“We call on all relevant stakeholders to come forward with positive contributions to help the game grow in Nigeria.”
On his part, Umar stated: “We are prepared for new elections whenever FIBA chooses to organise the elections as it would really resolve the crisis in the federation.
“We had observed an election in line with the FIBA Statutes from which the Nigeria Basketball Federation Constitution was derived.
“The election held in Kano on June 12, 2017 and the results of the election should have been endorsed by FIBA.
“However, as a body, we respect the reconciliation effort of FIBA and have identified a new election as the only way for a fair and equitable settlement of the dispute.
“We accept the directive of FIBA for a fresh election based on the NBBF Statutes and overseen by FIBA without interference from any third party.”