By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA – President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Wellington Jighere, 36, who has emerged World Scrabble Champion in Perth, Australia.
Jighere, also the first African to win the game defeated Lewis Mackay of Cambridge, England, by 448 points to 426 to win the championship which was competed for by 450 players from round the world.
As a way of encouragement, the president on Sunday evening placed a call to congratulate the Champion.
“I called to rejoice with you over your performance. You have done the country proud, and we are very happy. Please, pass my congratulations to other members of Team Nigeria,” President Buhari told Jighere.
The excited Jighere pledged to bring more glory to his fatherland.
Similarly, 5 other Nigerian representatives also finished in the top 50 scrabble players in the world bracket.
A statement from the presidential spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina stated that “shortly after President Buhari got off the phone, news got to him that the Under-20 female football team, the Falconets, have qualified for the Women’s World Cup Tournament after beating the Basetsana of South Africa by a lone goal in an away game.”
“This is a clear case of the indomitable Nigerian spirit. Such will soon be evident in all aspects of our national life,” President Buhari said.
It will be recalled that the Falconets had recorded a 2-1 win over South Africa in Nigeria two weeks ago.
With the away goal counting double rule, South Africa needed just a single goal to secure victory but the Falconets proved their worth