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FG DON SUSPEND BASKETBALL FOR NIGERIA FOR 2 YEARS.
President Muhammadu Buhari don approve di immediate withdrawal of Nigeria from all international basketball competitions for period of two years with immediate effect.
Sunday Dare, wey be di Minister of Youth and Sports Development, disclosed am while he bin dey brief newsmen on Thursday for Abuja.
Dare, represent by Ismaila Abubakar, wey be di Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, talk say dem go set committee wet oversee basketball leagues for di country.
“Following di unending crisis wey don plague and nearly cripple di development of basketball for Nigeria, President Buhari don approved for di withdrawal of Nigeria from all international basketball competitions for period of two years.
“Dis na with immediate effect,” he say.
Di minister add say di withdrawal of Nigeria na in order to concentrate efforts by government towards revamping di sport from di grassroots/ground also fordomestic league dem wey don become close to nothing.
“Dis one go also allow for di setting up of Interim Management Committee (IMC) to take oversee the management and development of di domestic basketball leagues for Nigeria,” he say.
Dare also talk say dis one go further address oda related issues wey dey around di development and advancement of di game for Nigeria.
He con call on stakeholders to take help sustain and stabilise di game.
“As he issue di order, di Federal Government reiterates im interest and commitment to di development of di sport of basketball for Nigeria as well as huge talents of our youth dem domestically for atmosphere free of bad and trenches.
“Government therefore call on players, officials, fans and other stakeholders of di sport to remain calm as e embark on far-reaching initiatives to take reposition, sustain and stabilise di game of basketball.
“Dis one go aid for di growth and success of di sport for di long-term interest of di country,” di minister talk.
Di News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report say di basketball sport don dey engulfed for di leadership crisis for di last five years.
Two parallel national federation board elections dem hold am in 2017 (for Kano and Abuja) and 2022 (for Benin and Abuja), wey lead to di emergence of separate governing bodies.