President Muhammadu Buhari has described athletes that went to the 2022 Commonwealth Games and World Athletics championships as champions, and worthy ambassadors.
The Nigerian leader said the exploits of the athletes at the two sporting events have projected a positive image of the country and have shown that Nigeria is full of talent. He also congratulated the athletes for their outstanding performances.
The athletes include Tobiloba Amusan, Ese Brume, Blessing Oborodudu, Oluwafemiayo Folashade, Taiwo Liadi, Ikechukwu Obichukwu, Bose Omolayo, Favour Ofili, Nasiru Sule, Ifechukwude Ikpeoyi, Ebikewenimo Welson, Hannah Reuben and Elizabeth Oshoba.
Buhari stated this in a statement signed by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, titled ‘President Buhari rewards Commonwealth Games, World Athletics Championships athletes with national honours, N200 million.’
Speaking at an award ceremony held at the State House, Abuja, Buhari described the athletes as national heroes and heroines and approved National Honours of Officer of the Order of the Niger and cash awards of N200 million for them.
Buhari reiterated the commitment of his government to providing the enabling environment for youths to ascend to the pinnacle of their chosen careers.
He said ”I watched with millions of Nigerians those exciting moments when you all brought smiles to us and our homes by breaking world, national and games records, as well as achieving personal best in your careers.
“Your outstanding performances in recent times are consistent with the determination of a nation always yearning for excellent performance. You all, members of Team Nigeria have ignited the spirit for victory in our nation but even more you have been victorious in major sporting championships and games.
”I have followed keenly your achievements at the World Championships in Oregon USA and indeed your remarkable performance at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom. And I am very pleased that you displayed at both the personal and group levels great sporting talents and delivered for your country great podium performances.
”12 times the world stood still as Nigeria’s flag was hoisted and the National Anthem recited. 35 times we made it to the podium.
“You all Team Nigeria made that possible. You brought glory and honour to our country. And today, on behalf of the nation- I say, THANK YOU!”
This article was originally published on Naija News