President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday approved the immediate return of Nigeria to international basketball.
The approval was granted following a letter of appeal dated June 17, 2022, which was signed by Musa Kida, leader of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) board and addressed to the Hon. Minister of Youth and Sports Development Chief Sunday Dare.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Ismaila Abubakar, disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja. He said the letter, among other things apologised to the President and the Minister over the embarrassment the developments around basketball and the conduct of some stakeholders has brought upon Nigeria.
Abubakar also said, “The letter appealed to the Minister to use his good offices to approach President Buhari for the reversal of the 2-year withdrawal of Nigeria from international basket ball competitions.