The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports has recognised Engineer Ibrahim Gusau as President of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) in line with World Athletics (WA).
It should be noted that a leadership crisis is currently rocking the Nigerian athletics body with Engr Ibrahim Shehu Gusau-led AFN backed by the World Athletics (WA) and Confederation of Africa Athletics (CAA) while Olamide Geroge-led faction is backed by the Sports Ministry.
Last Friday in Abuja, the Minister dissolved all the 31 boards of the National Sports Federation, including AFN, and set up caretaker committees to run their affairs pending the elections of new boards for the federations.
In a press release signed by Dr Simon Ebhojiaye, the Acting Director of Federations Elite Athletes Department (FEAD), the ministry of sports backtracked on their earlier dissolution of the board of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) on 29th April, 2021.
Dr Ebhojiaye said the decision to rest the caretaker committee announced for AFN was to align with the Confederation of Africa Athletics and World Athletics resolution and allow the AFN which has been swimming in crisis to have a chance to hold congress that will resolve the constitutional crisis.
Ebhojiaye added that Elections into the Board of the federation will follow the road map adopted at the intervention meeting in Abuja last month upon its adoption by World Athletics.
Part of the resolutions of the World Athletics, Confederation of African Athletics and board members of Athletics Federation of Nigeria agreed to hold the AFN elections on 13th June, 2021.