President Muhammadu Buhari has said that sports activities remained the one software that may unite and promote peace and coexistence amongst Nigerians, and by extension Africans.
He made the comment on the opening ceremony of the African Wrestling Championships on at present on the Alfred Diete Spiff Civic Centre in Port Harcourt.
The President who was represented by the Minister of Youth and Sports activities, Barrister Solomon Dalung stated: “Africa stays the bride of the subsequent civilization.
Due to this fact, we should exploit the potentials of sports activities to create jobs, to entertain our folks, to advertise peaceable coexistence, to enhance on tourism and promote the well being properly being of our nation. Investing in sports activities is the subsequent step Africa should look into.”
President Buhari charged the athletes to be good ambassadors of Africa and compete pretty.
“This is a chance to showcase the very wealthy abilities you possess. This championship will afford you the chance to excel as a result of athletes who might be competing on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games might be produced right here, subsequently, I urge you to compete pretty and actually and be sure that the advantages accruing from this competitors stay the last word purpose for all.”
President Buhari, who had earlier commissioned the Alfred Diete Spiff Civic Heart, additionally counseled the Authorities and the folks of Rivers State for internet hosting the championship and renovating the venue of the championship to worldwide commonplace.
He additionally used the chance to enchantment to African youths to imagine in Africa and the greatness therein.
“Let me encourage African youths to proceed to have hope in Africa. African youths should imagine in Africa. There is no such thing as a higher place than Africa subsequently, the trans Mediterranean migration by African youths ought to be discouraged.
There are nice potentials on this continent so allow us to collectively work onerous to construct a powerful continent that would be the hub of the black world.”
Over 26 international locations are in Port Harcourt as of at present, for the 5-day championship.