Jonathan congratulates Super Eagles
President Jonathan in the midst of aides, flanked by Mrs Salamotu Tafida (left) - wife of Nigeria's High Commissioner to the UK, Dr Dalhatu Tafida; and First Lady Patience Jonathan (right); jubilating in his London hotel suite - after the Super Eagles won the African Cup of Nations
Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated the Super Eagles over their African Cup of Nations win from his Inter-Continental Hotel Suite in London.
In the message signed by his spokesman – Dr Reuben Abati, Jonathan thanked “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.”
Jonathan also commended 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.”
The statement added that “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.”
Jonathan 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; promising every necessary support and encouragement from the Federal Government for that next national assignment.
The President also thanked 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.”