It was a joyous day for team Nigeria on Thursday when President Muhammadu Buhari approved National Honours and cash awards of N200 million for Nigeria’s performance at the 2022 Commonwealth Games and World Athletics championships.
The President confirmed this at a reception in the Presidential Vila in Abuja to honour of the athletes.
He said his government is committed to rewarding excellence, no less for members of Team Nigeria who ignited the spirit of victory in the nation through stellar performances at international competitions.
He praised their performance saying they are worthy ambassadors, national heroes who proudly flew the Nigerian flag in nine track and fields events.
He stated: “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.
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”.
“Twelve times the world stood still as our green white green national flag was hoisted and the National Anthem recited. Thirty-five 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!”