The situation just got worst for Engr. Musa Kida who seeks re-election as the President of Nigeria Basketball Federation, as protesters carrying placards showed up in Abuja with an inscription ‘ Kida must go’ written on the placards and shirts.
Hundreds of the protesters marched from Area 10 Old Parade, Garki to Unity Fountain, Maitama, demanding that Ahmadu-Kida did not impose himself on the federation for another term.
It is however no news that, the Basketball Federation has been under severe criticism with backlogs of allowances, bonuses and donations yet to be paid to Nigeria male and female Basketball team.
The D’Tigress of Nigeria released a statement yesterday, stating that they won’t accept part payment, plus listing 3 vital conditions the federation should meet.
a) Total amount owed
b) improve travel conditions
c) hiring a general manager
The players, in a video which went viral, demanded that they be paid their financial entitlements from their participation in the 2017 AfroBasket, as well as presidential recognition.
They also threatened to boycott the 2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup in Australia if their demands were not met.
The players also accused the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and the NBBF of withholding their bonuses and allowances, totalling $197,118, which included the $100,000 donated to them by banks before the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.
Meanwhile, the sports ministry has summoned Ahmadu-Kida and former NBBF president Tijjani Umar to an emergency meeting on October 18.