FIBA up­dates web­site, lists Kida as NBBF Pres­i­dent

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

The In­ter­na­tional Bas­ket­ball Fed­er­a­tion, FIBA, has up­dated its of­fi­cial web­site.

The lat­est up­date has seen the names of the new board of the Nige­ria Bas­ket­ball Fed­er­a­tion of­fi­cials led by Ah­madu Musa Kida re­plac­ing the names of Ti­j­jani Umar and the for­mer Exco that was on the site for the past four years.

A check soon af­ter the Abuja and Kano elec­tions con­firmed Umar’s name as the NBBF Pres­i­dent – an ar­range­ment that lasted un­til through pe­riod.

But another check late Sun­day night con­firmed that changes have been ef­fected in the Nige­rian sec­tion of FIBA.COM.

On July 26, the world bas­ket­ball gov­ern­ing body had asked the Nige­ria Bas­ket­ball Fed­er­a­tion to re­solve the dis­agree­ments that have fol­lowed the June 13 elec­tion con­ducted for the fed­er­a­tion along­side other 33 as­so­ci­a­tions un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the sports the in­au­gu­ra­tion min­istry and the Nige­ria Olympic Com­mit­tee in Abuja.

This be­came nec­es­sary as another group led by Umar had also con­ducted what they de­scribed as “the au­then­tic elec­tion” a day earlier in Kano.

FIBA made its po­si­tion known via a letter sent to the NBBF pres­i­dent Musa Kida and Ti­j­jani Umar and signed by the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of FIBA, Pa­trick Bau­mann.

Even though the Ki­daled board was in­au­gu­rated on July 21 in Abuja by the coun­try’s sports min­is­ter along­side the other fed­er­a­tions both sides have con­tin­ued to lay claims to the lead­er­ship of Nige­ria bas­ket­ball.

But then on July 27 FIBA sent another letter, and also signed by the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of FIBA, Pa­trick Bau­mann, to all fed­er­a­tions across the world list­ing Kida as the pres­i­dent, Ba­batunde Ogu­nade as his vice pres­i­dent and Chimezie Asiegbu as the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral.

The letter asked all FIBA af­fil­i­ates to com­mu­ni­cate only with the three listed for now in all mat­ters con­cern­ing Nige­ria.

It is the same three names that FIBA has up­loaded on the web­site.

In the July 26 letter from Switzer­land, FIBA asked all sides in the Nige­rian bas­ket­ball cir­cle to set­tle the rift be­fore Novem­ber 30 or the world body could be forced to ap­point a care­taker body or run a fresh in­de­pen­dent elec­tion.

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