Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has called on all Nigerians to emulate the act of dedication and patriotism shown by the victorious Golden Eaglets at the just-concluded FIFA Under-17 World Youth Championship in Dubia, the United Arab Emirates.
In a message of felicitation to President Goodluck Jonathan and Nigerians, released by his media office in Abuja on Saturday, Abubakar said: “Mr. President, I and my family heartily congratulate you and our compatriots on the great victory our Golden Eaglets achieved at the Under-17 World Youth Championship. The zeal with which the team played, the unity of purpose and brotherhood they displayed in the field of soccer shows that we are stronger when we stand together.”
The Turaki Adamawa enjoined governments at all levels and the organised private sector to take more than a passing interest in sports and make strategic investments in the promotion of sporting activities and the development of our vibrant youth population.
According to him: “There is so much more we can achieve if government at all levels in our country can take sports development more seriously and invest in programmes and projects that have the capacity to create jobs for the youth, facilitate their development and take their minds away from crime and criminality.
“Once more, I congratulate the Eaglets for making our nation proud and wish them safe-flight back to the warm embrace and reception of their compatriots.”