Sunday Dare, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, has dissolved boards of all national Olympic Sports Federations (NSF) in Nigeria.
Dare made the pronounced dissolving the boards in a statement released on Friday.
The development comes barely 24 hours after the rift between the ministry and Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) cost the country the spots at the World Athletics (WA) relays billed for Poland on May 1 and 2.
In a press statement issued on Thursday, Ibrahim Gusau whose leadership of the AFN is being tagged ‘illegitimate’ by a rival faction led by Olamide George, blamed the sports ministry officials for Nigeria’s impending miss of the global showpiece.
Gusau claimed that the ministry opted to take the athletes to a training tour in the United States for the same relays they are yet to qualify for, instead of the pre-Olympic Games qualification in Poland.
However, Joshua Akanji, Senior Adviser on Media to the Sports Minister, said Gusau has no locus standi to issue a press statement as AFN President.
“Gusau is not the president of the AFN so you cannot say the AFN President issued a press statement, you are fully aware of the position of the World Athletics and CAA in their fact-finding mission, they insist that they recognise the 2017 AFN Constitution,” he said.
In a statement that was later released, Akanji explained that it was following the refusal of the Polish Embassy in Nigeria to issue entry visas to Nigeria’s contingent to the World Relays that the ministry and the AFN moved to ensure Nigeria qualifies for the five relay events at the Tokyo Olympics.