Stakeholders in the Basketball Federation from the North-East are calling the attention of the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung to an attempt by some individuals to impose a candidate on the zone in the forth-coming election of the President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF).
They therefore want the minister to step in and stem the tide which is capable of compromising his commendable reform activities in the country’s Sports Ministry.
In their open letter to the Minister which was made available to journalists by Suleiman Saleh in Gombe state, the stakeholders alleged that some Sports Commissions and Basketball Association Chairmen in the Northeast are scheming to impose one Tijani Umar from Bauchi state who is presently winding up his second tenure as the President of the Federation.
The group, in the letter, rejected Tijani’s candidature alleging lack of performance and lacklustre attitude on issues bothering on the lives and property of the Associations and its members
Excerpts from the letter reads: “Tijani Umar has spent good eight years as president of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) but has not impacted any positive thing to the basketball game and players in the northeast.
“Northeast was destroyed by Boko Haram – Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states where more than 50 basketball courts were destroyed, more than 40 basketball players were killed and many were rendered homeless.
“Upon that, Mr Tijani Umar has never visited those areas as president of the NBBF to condole with the basketball family, not to talk of giving them support.”
They said representatives of the other regions that form the NBBF organise basketball events, except Umar of the Northeast; even as many players and officials of the game from the northeast do not even know him.
“We will never sit down and watch State Basketball Association in the Northeast sub-region vote any unpopular candidate,” stated the letter while calling on concerned individuals to advise Tijani Umar to step aside.