By Salifu Usman, Abuja
The Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA) has given Nigeria a lifeline till February 28, 2018 to resolves the leadership crisis rocking the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF).
This was contained in a letter dated 12th December, 2017, signed by the secretary general of FIBA, Patrick Baumann and addressed to the secretary general of the NBBF, Chimezie Asiegbu.
The NBBF has been enveloped in leadership crisis after two controversial elections produced two presidents to preside over the affairs of the basketball federation. While the then president of the federation, Tijanni Umar was re-elected in Kano for another term on June 12, his main rival, Ahmadu Musa Kida was elected in another election that held in a hotel room, Abuja on June 13.
Making reference to earlier letter dated 26th July, 2017 and addressed to leaders of the two factions involved in the dispute, instructed them to resolve it either through a new election or amicable resolution under the auspices of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, before 30 November, 2017, the world body through its secretary general announced a further extension of the deadline till February 28, 2018, after reviewing and analysing documentation sent to it by the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) before the November 30 deadline earlier given.
FIBA said that the new extension was agreed upon at their central board meeting held December 9, 2017 to allow a fact finding delegation which has been set up to visit Nigeria before the end of the latest extension ahead of its next meeting in March, 2018.
FIBA also informed that both parties in the dispute will be contacted shortly to arrange the precise details of the visit of the FIBA delegation whose findings will be reported to the executive committee on the 10th March, 2018.