Tobi Soniyi in Abuja
As the 2016 Olympic Games opens in Rio De Janeiro, President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed optimism that the country’s team will put up an impressive showing to delight fellow countrymen.
In a message to the Nigerian Olympic contingent on Friday, Buhari said he hoped that the victory of Nigeria’s Under 23 football team, the “Dream Team Six” over their Japanese opponents in the early hours of this day would serve as an inspiration to the entire contingent of the grand show Nigerians expect from our athletes.
“On behalf of the government and people of our great country, I wish to express my support to our athletes who have arrived in Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games. I am particularly delighted by the outcome of the football match early this morning in which our football team defeated their Japanese counterparts.
“The sweetness of the victory comes from the fact that it came against all odds. Our team overcame several challenges to put up a sterling performance. This is a good beginning.”
Buhari also praised the resilience, hardwork and patriotism that the athletes have put into their preparations;
“I am already aware that you have made personal sacrifices in your journey to the Olympic Games. The motivation comes from strong discipline and the love of the nation.”
“As you embark on the search for honours for the nation, I seize this opportunity to assure our Olympians that you have my support and those of all Nigerians.
“Go! Win and return with laurels, I wish you the best,” the President added.