A file picture of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun. Photo: [email protected]
Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun has congratulated world boxing champion, Anthony Joshua, in his title defence towards his Bulgarian opponent, Kubrat Pulev in London on Saturday.
The governor in a press release issued on Sunday by his media aide, Kunle Somorin, in Abeokuta mentioned Joshua displayed the “Ogun standard of excellence.”
According to Governor Abiodun, the victory is a well-deserved Christmas present, including that the victory will encourage others to do extra.
“All of us in the state, irrespective of our religious affiliations prayed for his success. That the feat happened in London, last night can be regarded as a worthy Christmas gift from God and AJ to all of us in Ogun State. God answered us,” he mentioned.
“God still answers prayers. We return all glory to God Almighty for granting our hearts’ desire for our brother, Anthony Joshua, to retain the IBF, WBA and WBO titles.”
Abiodun mentioned the Ogun-born Joshua made Nigerians proud and restored confidence that despite the nation’s challenges, the nation will overcome.
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The governor additionally counseled Joshua for his dedication, arduous work, resilience and focus, which he described as virtues ingrained within the DNA of Ogun individuals.
“May he, continue with the winning streak ad infinitum. My joy is unquantifiable. Our government has always dimensioned sports as not only a unifying factor but a socio-economic imperative.
“He has made us proud by exhibiting these traits and the can-do spirit of Ogun people. On our path, we would provide the necessary incentives to all our ambitious young men and women to become World Champions in all considerable areas of sports, not only in boxing.
The Ogun governor also reiterated his administration’s commitment to developing sports in the state, noting that doing so would pull more people out of poverty and tame insecurity, social strife and crimes.”
“We are poised to fix our stadia, upgrade facilities, train sportsmen and women, motivate coaches and develop talents starting from the grassroots,” the governor added.