President Buhari Congratulates Victorious Super Eagles

Says win is very sweet, soothing and a 57th Independence Anniversary gift to the nation,”

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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.

 

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