President Muhammadu Buhari has presented National Honours and cash awards of N200 million to Commonwealth gold medalist Tobi Amusan as well as the rest of Team Nigeria contingents to the 2022 Commonwealth Games and World Athletics championships.
At a presidential reception for the athletes on Thursday in Abuja, the President made the announcement.
Buhari stated that his administration was dedicated to rewarding excellence, including for members of Team Nigeria who sparked the nation’s winning spirit with outstanding results at international competitions.
The President congratulated everyone who received an award and expressed confidence that it will inspire them to do more.
”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.
”And 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,” he said in a statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina.
President Buhari called out the names of the gold winners and other medal winners including 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 Rueben and Elizabeth Oshoba.