President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Team Nigeria, who came second on the overall medals table, at the just concluded All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville.
This was contained in a statement issued by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in Abuja, on Sunday.
Garba said the President expressed satisfaction and appreciation over the teams performance, urging them to constantly improve.
Garba also noted that the president is not in doubt about their zeal and determination to make Nigeria great.
According to him, Buhari expressed deep joy that several members of the team did Nigeria proud, singling out for special commendation the men’s basketball team, D’Tigers.
D’Tigers had earlier earned the nation a Gold medal at the Afro Basketball competition in Tunisia for the first time in 50 years, and by which feat the country got an automatic ticket to the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.
The president noted that the performance of Team Nigeria at the Congo games had yet again brought the massive potential of Nigerian sportsmen and women to excel in their chosen areas against all odds.
He implored the country’s athletes to do all they can to ensure that “Nigeria regains its number one position in Africa and the world at large’’.
The president, who noted that a presidential delegation had attended the closing ceremony, conveyed his congratulations to Team Nigeria and its officials, promising the team a fitting ceremony.
While assuring Nigeria’s sportsmen and women that his administration would accord priority to sports, Buhari reminded them not to rest on their oars “because the challenges grow bigger and more complex each day.’’