President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday congratulated the Super Eagles on their victory over the Chipolopolo of Zambia at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President described the victory as “very sweet, soothing and a 57th Independence Anniversary gift to the nation.”
The President applauded the Eagles for the feat of making Nigeria the first African country to qualify for Russia 2018 with a match left to play.
The statement read, “As he joined millions of football-loving Nigerians in rejoicing with the players and their coaching crew, President Buhari called on all Nigerians to apply the values of perseverance, resilience, discipline, hard work and team-spirit which propelled the footballers to excel since the beginning of the qualifying matches, to all sectors of national life.
“The President promised that the Federal Government will continue to support the team within available resources so that the nation will maximise the unifying potentials of sports in general and football in particular.
“He enjoined the entire team and Nigerian Football Federation officials to remain steadfast and focused when they begin preparations for the global football fiesta in order to make Nigeria proud.
“President Buhari urged public, private organisations and well-meaning Nigerians to continue to assist the Eagles as the team heads for a sixth appearance at the summit of football competition.
“The President also appreciated the government of Akwa Ibom State for the invaluable support it has been rendering to the football team, describing it as worthy of emulation.”
Other Prominent Nigerians Speak On Eagles Victory
In a tweet via his official Twitter handle, immediate past President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan applauded the fighting spirit of the Eagles, saying the team exemplified the “can do Nigerian spirit”.
“I am not surprised that you have qualified. Thank you @NGSuperEagles. You exemplify the can do Nigerian spirit,” he tweeted.
Atiku Abubakar, former vice-president on twitter handle wrote:“They say Russia is cold. We are still coming! Haha! Congratulations to the Super Eagles and all Nigerians.
— The Senate President (@SPNigeria) October 7, 2017
— Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara (@YakubDogara) October 7, 2017
I am not surprised that you have qualified. Thank you @NGSuperEagles. You exemplify the can do Nigerian spirit.
— Goodluck E. Jonathan (@GEJonathan) October 7, 2017
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) October 7, 2017
— CAF (@CAF_Online) October 7, 2017
Super Eagles Players Reaction
— Victor Moses (@VictorMoses) October 7, 2017
— Kelechi Iheanacho (@67Kelechi) October 7, 2017
It was a great privilege and honor to be among dis group to rep our country. 🇳🇬 God bless nigeria. FIFA our hotel address pls 🇷🇺😂😂🙏🏾💪🏿 pic.twitter.com/tx3FJrvMc6
— Onazi Ogenyi Eddy (@OnaziOgenyi) October 8, 2017
A Dream Come True…We're Heading To The World Cup 🙌🏽.Nice To Get The Winning Goal, Massive Thanks To Our Fans.The Atmosphere Was Crazy 🇳🇬🦅 pic.twitter.com/Ke3y6WjYPh
— Alexander Iwobi (@alexiwobi) October 7, 2017
Mama & Papa I made it – your little Leon is going to the World Cup. We’ve came a long way. Proud to be your son ❤️🙏🏽 https://t.co/6F4JUEnb9m
— Leon Balogun (@LeonBalogun) October 7, 2017
— William Troost-Ekong (@wtroostekong) October 7, 2017