A Former D’Tigers player, Pastor Skambo Morrison, has said that the lingering crisis in the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) can only be resolved through fresh elections.
It will be noted that for close to four years, the NBBF has been engulfed in leadership crisis as two administrators, Engineer Musa Kida and Tijani Umar battle tussle for leadership of the sport federation.
Unfortunately, the same crisis has played a negative role in the suspension of the men’s Premier basketball league in Nigeria.
The case instituted by Gombe Bulls and Kwara Falcons against the Musa Kida led board is to be decided by the Federal High Court in Abuja on January 26.
Speaking to Daily Trust yesterday, Skambo said the much awaited judgment may not solve the problem as he insisted that only fresh elections into to the board will end the crisis.
He said “Basketball in Nigeria has suffered so much and the issue has gone to court and it is not an out-of-court settlement.
“At the end of the whole thing, I want basketball to win where everyone will return to court and people will be reunited. At the moment, there is not trust from any of the factions.
“Let the court just come up with the judgement that will ensure basketball has to win.
“We are technically leaving a bad legacy for some people because at the end of the whole thing, if basketball doesn’t win, our names will not be spared.
“When the crisis started even the sponsors were no longer comfortable and they didn’t want their names dragged in court cases. There is no way the league can continue if there are no sponsors.
“Everybody is just waiting for the elections to come and a new board is elected. The truth is that it is only new elections that can solve this crisis,” he said.