Tobi Amusan, others, receive award by President Buhari.

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, has congratulated and awarded the medalists who represented Nigeria at the Commonwealth and other international games.

The president revealed how proud he is that the medalists brought smiles to him and millions of Nigerians by breaking world, national and games records, as well as achieving personal best in their careers.

Speaking at the award ceremony held at the State House, Abuja, the President noted how their exploits have projected the positive image of the country.

”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”

“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!”, the president happily said.

President Buhari also said that “12 times the world stood still as Nigeria’s flag was hoisted and the National Anthem recited. 35 times we made it to the podium”.

In the bid to reward excellence, the president awarded the medalists with 200 million Naira each, adding that the awards will spur them to greater heights. 

The beneficiaries of the cash reward include the world champion in the 100m hurdles, Tobiloba Amusan, Ese Brume, Blessing Oborodudu, Oluwafemiayo Folashade, Taiwo Liadi, Ikechukwu Obichukwu, Bose Omolayo, Favour Ofili, Nasiru Sule, Ifechukwude Ikpeoyi, Ebikewenimo Welson, Hannah Reuben and Elizabeth Oshoba.

However, Amusan, who “in a span of 4 months won Nigeria’s first ever gold medal in World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, USA with a world record performance in an event highly dominated by the Americans and Europeans” was specially awarded by President Buhari with national honor for her remarkable feats.

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