Team Nigeria’s success in the 22nd Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022 has been referred to by President Muhammadu Buhari as a parting present for him.
In a statement released by his media assistant Femi Adesina, Buhari made this claim.
In the statement released on Sunday, Buhari was cited as saying, “We are proud of these achievements and the memories will live with the nation forever.
For me, this is a memorable occasion and a suitable parting gift, being my last Commonwealth Games as Head of State.
“The President commends the 94 deserving ambassadors who proudly flew the Nigerian flag in nine sporting events,” he said.
“The President commends those thrilling moments when the medalists brought smiles to our faces by breaking world, national, and games records as well as achieving personal bests in their careers.”
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The performance of the athletes, in Buhari’s words, was a demonstration of the “God-given traits of the authentic Nigerian—never give up, strive to the end.”
Assuring them that history would remember them for all of their achievements to helping our athletes shine in the world arena, the President further praises the coaching staff and team officials for their enthusiasm for the growth of sports in the nation, according to Adesina’s statement.