Buhari, Gov Abiodun Hail Joshua's Victory Over Pulev - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Sunday, December 13, 2020

Buhari, Gov Abiodun Hail Joshua's Victory Over Pulev

 From Jane Okafor, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari and governor Dapo Abiodun on Sunday hailed the decisive victory of Nigerian-born boxer, Anthony Joshua over Kubrat Pulev Saturday night.
While  President Buhari says by
retaining his IBF, WBA, and WBO titles, Joshua has given boxing lovers round the world, and particularly in Nigeria, something to cheer, Abiodun said the victory "is a worthy Christmas gift" to Ogun State and Nigeria.
The President in release by Femi Adesina, his Special Adviser(Media and Publicity), recalls his meeting with the heavyweight champion in London earlier in the year, describing Anthony Joshua as a humble, well brought up young man, “who will still go places.”
President Buhari wishes him all the best in his dream fight against Tyson Fury, saying he has the prayers and goodwill of Nigerians going with him.
For the Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, he felicitated with world boxing champion, Anthony Joshua, for displaying “Ogun standard of excellence" in his World Boxing titles' defence against his Bulgarian opponent, Kubrat Pulev in London. 

 Abiodun said the Ogun State-born Joshua made Nigerians proud and restored confidence that in spite of the country's challenges, the Nation will overcome.

“I congratulate Anthony on this successful outing. May he, continue with the winning streak ad infinitum.

"My joy is unquantifiable. Our government has always dimensioned sports as not only a unifying factor but a socio-economic imperative,” a statement issued by the Governor's chief press secretary, Kunle Somorin, in Abeokuta said.

The Governor, however, attributed the outcome to the manifestation of God’s love for the people of the State who prayed ceaselessly for  AJ and organized rallies and viewing centres to watch the fight live across all the three senatorial districts of the state.

Abiodun said: “God still answers prayers. We return all glory to God Almighty for granting our hearts’ desire for our brother, Anthony Joshua, to retain the IBF, WBA and WBO titles.

“All of us in the state, irrespective of our religious affiliations prayed for his success. That the feat happened in London, last night can be regarded as a worthy Christmas gift from God and AJ to all of us in Ogun State. God answered us.”

Abiodun also lauded Joshua for his determination, hard work, resilience and focus, which he described as virtues engrained in the DNA of Ogun people.

“He has made us proud by exhibiting these traits and the can-do spirit of Ogun people,” Abiodun said, adding that the victory will 
Inspire other sports to do more.

“On our path, we would provide the necessary incentives to all our ambitious young men and women to become World Champions in all considerable areas of sports, not only in boxing.

“We are poised to fix our stadia, upgrade facilities, train sportsmen and women, motivate coaches and develop talents starting from the grassroots," the governor said.

He called on all stakeholders to be concerned about hunting for and developing talents because of sports potential to pull more people out of poverty and tame insecurity, social strife and crimes.

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