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Federal Government Lifts Ban On International Basketball

Federal Government Lifts Ban On International Basketball

Federal Government Lifts Ban On International Basketball

Federal Government Lifts Ban On International Basketball

Nigeria can now participate in international basketball competitions, as approved by President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retired).

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Ismaila Abubakar, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, made this announcement on Thursday at a news conference in Abuja.

“President Muhammadu Buhari is one that is committed to youth development and desirous of ensuring that they are availed of all opportunities in sports and other endeavors.

He considered the appeal and in the overriding spirit of national interest, love for our youth, and in order to avoid sending basket development into a long period of suspension, when NBBF has now committed to the resolution of the issues which precipitated the withdrawal in the first place has approved the return of Nigeria to international basketball immediately,” Abubakar said in a statement after the briefing.

“In securing this approval, of note is the caution that the laws of Nigeria cannot be subjugated to any other law, and every Nigerian entity must respect Nigerian laws and authority governing various sectors. Failure to do this, as with any constitutionally bound sovereign nation will attract sanctions.”

Federal Government Lifts Ban On International Basketball

He explained that the “appeal letter also critically gave some key undertakings: to immediately set in motion the process of status review or constitutional amendments from stakeholders as collated by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development; to set up a high-powered team to reconcile all contending parties in the basketball family at home and abroad, and a commitment to work with the Ministry in the governance and development of basketball among other things.”

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He said President Muhammadu Buhari has manded the ministry to ensure the implementation of the undertakings by the NBBF and “report back to Mr. President on progress”.

Before the reversal of the ban, FIBA had replaced the D’Tigress with Mali ahead of the FIBA Women’s World Cup to be held later in the year.


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