A former member of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) board, Alhaji Mustapha Liman, has lauded the initiative of the federal ministry of Youth and Sports Development in tackling the leadership crisis rocking the sports federation.
While speaking to journalists in Abuja, the basketball coach said the ministry’s neutrality is the only panacea to resolving the lingering leadership tussle.
Liman said the problem in the NBBF is local and can only be tackled using local means just as he noted that some selfish Nigerians have decided to use the name of FIBA as a reason to escalate the crisis.
“What is happening in Nigeria basketball is so sad but I am happy that the ministry is taking the right decision. The ministry has shown that they are neutral.
“The best thing to do now is that the sports ministry should organise a fresh election by using their guidelines as applicable to other federations.
“It shouldn’t be based on the satanic document they are calling the constitution. Engr. Musa Kida has been on the board of NBBF since 1997, he is the longest-serving board member but unfortunately with nothing to show.
“After killing the domestic league, they started depending on foreign players,” he stressed.
The former Niger Potter coach also queried why Engr. Kida has not paid the allowances and bonuses owed the D’Tigress despite interventions from the sports ministry and the National Assembly.