FULL TEXT: Speech By President Muhammadu Buhari President At The Reception For Nigerian Athletes And Officials Who Did The Nation Proud At International Competitions

It gladdens my heart to play host to our dear
athletes and officials who have consistently
done the nation proud at various international
competitions.
Nigerian athletes, despite prevailing
challenges, have always proven to the rest of
the world that the Nigerian spirit is
indomitable.
On behalf of all Nigerians, I wish to specially
express my appreciation and indeed that of
the nation to our athletes and officials for the
consistency, determination, willpower and
penchant for success being witnessed in the
sports sector in recent times. I urge the
managers of this sector to keep up the
momentum.
I wish to assure you that the Federal
Government of Nigeria would not relent in its
efforts to ensure that our sportsmen and
women continue to excel in international
competitions. I am particularly concerned
about our participation at the forthcoming Rio
2016 Olympic Games. We must not allow a
repetition of the unsavoury experience at the
London 2012 Olympics where Nigerian
athletes failed to make it to the podium.
This Administration’s policy of “change” must
reflect in the way we do things either as
individuals or institutions. We must strive to
be prudent in the way we manage our time,
financial and material resources to ensure
victory at the next Olympics. We must aim for
optimal performance at all international
competitions.
Your Excellencies, Great Nigerian Athletes,
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, I wish to
remark that today’s event is very special to me
because, Almighty Allah has, in His infinite
mercies and love, kept me alive to this day
and granted me the privilege of being able to
fulfill my promise in 1985, to reward the
winners of the maiden edition of the FIFA
U-17 World Championship.
The reason for the 30 years delay is well
known. It is however sad to note that a
member of the 1985 Golden Eaglets is not
here with us today. Please join me in
observing a one-minute silence in honour of
Kingsley Aikhionbare who died in London, in
1996.
It is a well known fact that so much water has
passed under the bridge between 1985 and
now. The State governments that were to
implement most of the pledges to the players
and officials have changed hands so many
times under different dispensations and
political parties.
In line with our belief that the “labour of our
heroes shall not be in vain” we will be saying
thank you to our 1985 Golden Eaglets’ players
and officials by using the Federal Ministry of
Youth and Sports template for rewarding
outstanding athletes.
As you are all aware, the financial resources of
our nation have been dwindling since last
year. Hence what we are offering you today, is
not payment or compensation for winning
laurels for your country, rather, it is a token of
appreciation for your efforts and patriotism
while competing for your fatherland.
In this connection, I have the honour, on
behalf of the Government and sports loving
Nigerians to announce the following as token
of our appreciation to our sports
ambassadors:
2015 World Wrestling Championship
(Bronze medallist)
Beneficiaries Amount
Wrestler ₦1,200,000.00
Coaches ₦600,000.00
FIBA 2015 Male Afro-Basketball Champions,
D’ Tigers
(Gold medallists)
Beneficiaries Amount
Players ₦600,000.00
Coaches ₦600,000.00
Team Officials ₦250,000.00
2015 FIBA Africa U-16 Female Championship
(Silver medallists)
Beneficiaries Rate
Players ₦400,000.00
Coaches ₦400,000.00
Team Officials ₦150,000.00
2015 IPC Asian Open International
Powerlifting Championship
Beneficiaries Rate
Gold Medallists ₦600,000.00
Silver Medallists ₦450,000.00
Coaches ₦450,000.00
Team Officials ₦250,000.00
World English Language Scrabble Champion
(Gold Medallist)
Beneficiaries Rate
Player ₦1,500,000.00
Coach ₦1,200,000.00
Team Secretary ₦450,000.00
WBC Silver Cruiser Weight Title
Winner (Title Holder) Rate
Beneficiary ₦1,500,000.00
2015 CAF U-23 Cup of Nations Champions
(Gold Medallists)
Beneficiaries Rate
Players ₦500,000.00
Head Coach ₦500,000.00
Assistant Coaches ₦300,000.00
Other Team Officials ₦300,000.00
2015 FIFA U-17 Male Football Champions
(Gold Medallists)
Beneficiaries Rate
Players ₦1,200,000.00
Head Coach ₦900,000.00
Assistant Coaches ₦600,000.00
Team Secretary ₦300,000.00
Medical Team ₦300,000.00
Other Officials ₦200,000.00
1985 FIFA U-17 Male Football Champions
(Gold Medallists)
Beneficiaries Rate
Players ₦2,000,000.00
Coaches ₦1,500,000.00
Late Aikhionbare’s Next of Kin should collect
his money on behalf of his family.
Thank you all and God Bless the Federal
Republic of Nigeria.

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