The Nigeria Basketball Federation( NBBF) led by Tijjani Umar has said it welcomes the extension of the deadline by FIBA to allow for the resolution of the dispute following the elections of June 2017.
In a press statement signed by Patrick Omorodion, head of its Media Committee, the NBBF stressed that “it has become necessary for the world governing body of the sport to get to the root of the problem to forestall such happening again in the future,” adding that “and in setting up the three-man fact-finding delegation, FIBA has demonstrated the need for due diligence in solving a problem needlessly created by wanton disregard for due process and the adoption of impunity in an otherwise straight-forward exercise.”
Continuing, it said “There is now a unique opportunity for the parties to make their case before a neutral body whose report is expected to be factual, above board and hopefully lead to an acceptable outcome.”
“While awaiting the Fiba delegation, the federation is currently consulting and strategizing to conclude the 2017 programs, namely, Divisions 1 & 2 and prepare for the 2018 season. Specifically, the Kwese and Zenith Leagues Management Committees will be restructured, enhanced and deployed in a manner to surpass the success achieved in the out-going year,” the NBBF stressed as it wished “all (basketball) stakeholders a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in advance.”