President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday extended his best wishes to Team Nigeria as it begins its historic appearance at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
President Buhari’s goodwill message is contained in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Friday.
The President commended the women’s bobsleigh team made up of Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga for being the first African bobsleigh team to participate at the Winter Olympics.
He also saluted Nigerian Olympian, Simidele Adeagbo who has raised the bar as the first African female to compete in the skeleton event at the Games.
President Buhari assured the athletes that Nigeria stands with them throughout the competition.
“Your patriotism, sacrifice, hard work and personal dedication in choosing to stand with our homeland and lift our flag high at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium in South Korea, will continue to inspire Nigerians, especially the young people,’’ he said.
The President, who had earlier approved the appointment of a Chef de Mission to take care of the team, assured the Olympians of the unflinching support of the Federal Government.
He thanked all those who made their participation in the games possible, particularly members of Corporate Nigeria.
President Buhari wished Team Nigeria, who “clearly represents the resilient spirit of the Nigerian — ever ready to endure and prevail’’, a resounding success at the Winter Olympics.