From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja
Ahead of the proposed national congress of the Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF), the crisis in the family has deepened among the stakeholders, the Ministry of Sports and the Musa Kida-led Caretaker committee.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development had on Monday issued a statement postponing indefinitely the earlier proposed election of the federation billed for Edo State by the Kida-led Committee.
However, reacting to it, Kida had specifically dismissed the decision of the Ministry, insisting that the congress must go ahead on October 30, as arranged.
But, speaking to Sports Writers in Abuja on Tuesday, Players’ representative, Stanley Gumut, had urged Kida to obey the decision of the Ministry.
Addressing newsmen along with members of the basketball family, Gumut said: “We want to first appreciate the Ministry of Sport especially the permanent secretary. We have continued to demand that the right thing be done and until yesterday the Minister has shown us leadership and that he is a father ready to listen to us. Our prayer is that former Chairman, Musa Kida should stop parading himself as the Caretaker Committee Chairman so as to allow for fair play. “This is very important because if the situation continues to linger, we will not head anywhere.
I want to believe that the Ministry of Sports, the financier of sports in the country and who made him the Caretaker chairman and the ones that made him dissolve the board.