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How Sunday Dare is Killing Sports in Nigeria

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Nigeria just lost out to Ghana in the Worldcup qualifier. The NFF took the blame, but sources in the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development say that a great chunk of the blame should indeed go to the leadership of the ministry headed by Mr. Sunday Dare.

Mr. Sha’ibu Gara, former Gombe NFF boss, also alluded to this truism in a BBC Hausa Radio interview monitored Saturday in Abuja.

Gara pointed out the disconnect between the ministry which received stupendous amounts of funds from the federal government, and the NFF, in the preparations for the qualifier and the initial stages of the Worldcup proper.

Similar disconnect, deliberately created by Minister Dare, is also found in Basketball administration in Nigeria. The minister has backed a renegade group amongst stakeholders of basketball, who since 2017, had constituted a stumbling block in the development of basketball in Nigeria for pecuniary reason earlier discussed by The Politico Online in NBBF’s Stolen $2.2 million.

Minister Dare also capitalized on the division amongst the stakeholders in October 2021 and created a vacuum in basketball administration in the country by suspending an already scheduled elective congress of the NBBF in Benin City, Edo State. This was with a view to taking our National Teams – D’Tigers and D’Tigress – to international competitions ostensibly for the monies involved.

When FIBA, the world governing body for basketball, threatened to suspend Nigeria if a new board of the NBBF was not elected, Mr. Dare hastened to lift the illegitimate suspension he placed on the NBBF elective congress scheduled for Benin City, but surreptitiously backed another congress in Abuja.

Both congresses went on but FIBA recognized only the one held in Benin City which it observed. In our report, FIBA Ends NBBF Stalemate, The Politico Online published the FIBA letter that Minister Dare refused to respect.

Two Months after the election of a new NBBF board, the minister has continued to usurp the legitimate functions of the NBBF as explained by the NBBF President, Engineer Ahmadu Musa Kida in the video below:

Engineer Kida, NBBF President Gives Update Two Months After Election

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