Sate House Press Release: President Jonathan Applauds Super Eagles As Champions of Africa

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President Goodluck Jonathan said today that having conquered Africa, the new Super Eagles can go on to achieve even greater glory at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, and assured the team of every necessary support and encouragement from the Federal Government for that assignment.

In a congratulatory statement to the team, which won the African Cup of Nations today in Johannesburg, President Jonathan described what he called the team’s amazing transformation from rank outsiders to champions as “a clear manifestation of the even greater successes the country can achieve in all other fields of human endeavour if all Nigerians come together and devote their immense collective energies and resources to supporting the implementation of his Administration’s Agenda for National Transformation.”

He therefore urged all Nigerians to imbibe the “positive lessons of the Super Eagles’ success,” saying the fulfillment of the country’s immense potentials for greatness “will be more speedily attained if more Nigerians resolve to emulate the team’s exemplary unity of purpose, dedication, commitment and devotion to service of the nation.”

President Jonathan did not say if the resolve to which he alluded included his government or his ruling Peoples Democratic Party, members of whom are widely held responsible to be responsible for the corruption and mismanagement that continues to hold Nigeria hostage.

President Goodluck Jonathan congratulates the Super Eagles and all Nigerians on the country’s inspiring victory in the AFCON 2013 finals this evening in Johannesburg.

President Jonathan thanks Coach Stephen Keshi and all members of the team who have worked very hard and played with great focus, dedication, artistry and patriotism to make Nigeria the proud champions of Africa once again after 19 years of setbacks in the competition.

The President also commends the Minister of Sports, Mr. Bolaji Abdullahi, the Chairman and members of the Nigerian Football Federation and all others who have contributed to the astonishing transformation of the Super Eagles from underdogs to gallant winners and glorious soccer champions of the African continent.

President Jonathan believes that the team’s amazing transformation from rank outsiders to champions is a clear manifestation of the even greater successes the country can achieve in all other fields of human endeavour if all Nigerians come together and devote their immense collective energies and resources to supporting the implementation of his Administration’s Agenda for National Transformation.

Therefore, as the entire nation celebrates Nigeria’s remarkable triumph in South Africa, President Jonathan urges all Nigerians to imbibe the positive lessons of the Super Eagles’ success because the fulfilment of the country’s immense potentials for greatness will be more speedily attained if more Nigerians resolve to emulate the team’s exemplary unity of purpose, dedication, commitment and devotion to service of the nation.

The President also believes that having conquered Africa, the new Super Eagles can go on to achieve even greater glory at the World Cup in Brazil next year. He assures the team that it will receive every necessary support and encouragement from the Federal Government for that next national assignment.

President Jonathan thanks the Government of South Africa and the Confederation of African Football for a well-organised tournament and looks forward to receiving the victorious Super Eagles in Abuja on Tuesday.

Reuben Abati
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
February 10, 2013

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