Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, on Sunday felicitated with world boxing champion, Anthony Joshua, for displaying “Ogun standard of excellence” in his World Boxing titles’ defence towards his Bulgarian opponent, Kubrat Pulev in London on Saturday.
Governor Abiodun mentioned the Ogun State-born Joshua made Nigerians proud and restored confidence that despite the nation’s challenges, the Nation will overcome.
“I congratulate Anthony on this successful outing. May he, continue with the winning streak ad infinitum,” Abiodun prayed.
“My joy is unquantifiable. Our government has always dimensioned sports as not only a unifying factor but a socio-economic imperative,” an announcement issued by the Governor’s chief press secretary, Kunle Somorin, in Abeokuta mentioned.
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The Governor, nonetheless, attributed the end result to the manifestation of God’s love for the individuals of the State who prayed ceaselessly for AJ and arranged rallies and viewing centres to look at the combat stay throughout all of the three senatorial districts of the state.
Abiodun 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.
“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.”
Abiodun additionally lauded Joshua for his dedication, arduous work, resilience, and focus, which he described as virtues ingrained within the DNA of the Ogun individuals.
“He has made us proud by exhibiting these traits and the can-do spirit of Ogun people,” Abiodun mentioned, including that the victory will
Inspire different sports activities to do extra.
“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.
“We are poised to fix our stadia, upgrade facilities, train sportsmen and women, motivate coaches and develop talents starting from the grassroots,” the governor mentioned.
He referred to as on all stakeholders to be involved about looking for and creating abilities due to sports activities potential to tug extra individuals out of poverty and tame insecurity, social strife, and crimes.