Thursday, 21 January 2016
Buhari Fulfils 31-Year-Old Promise; Rewards Members Of The Nation's Under - 16 Football Team That Won The 1985 FIFA Championship When He Was Military Head of State
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday rewarded members of the nation’s Under-16 Football Team that won the 1985 FIFA Championship when he was military Head of State.
He announced a reward of N2m each to the players that included Fatai Atere, Nduka Ugbade, Jonathan Akpoborie, Baldwin Bazuaye, Victor Igbinoba and late Kingsley Aikiobare among others.
Buhari announced the rewards at a presidential reception organised for outstanding athletes/officials who did Nigeria proud in recent sports competitions.
The event was held inside the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Buhari however caused a stir when he first mistakenly announced rewards of N200m each for the players.
Amidst excitement in the hall, Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, mounted the podium to correct the error.
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