Amusan Receives OON Award As President Buhari Honours Nigerian Athletes
Tobi Amusan, a gold medalist from Nigeria, receives national honour from Buhari on September 15, 2022 at the State House.
Tobi Amusan, the reigning track and field world champion, received the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) award on Thursday as President Muhammadu Buhari recognized the nation’s athletes for their outstanding efforts in various tournaments.
The Commander-in-Chief spent N200 million during the event he presided over to support Team Nigeria delegations to the 2022 Commonwealth Games and World Athletics Championships. He also presented them with national honors.
Speaking to the athletes in the Banquet Hall of the State House in Abuja, Buhari declared that his administration is dedicated to recognizing excellence, especially for those members of Team Nigeria who sparked the national spirit of victory with outstanding performances at international competitions.
“Your outstanding performances in recent times are consistent with the determination of a nation always yearning for excellent performance,” the President was quoted as saying in a statement by his media aide, Femi Adesina.
He praised the athletes for proudly representing Nigeria in nine athletic events, calling them champions, deserving ambassadors, national heroes, and heroines.
“I watched with millions of Nigerians those exciting moments when you all brought smiles to us and our homes by breaking world, national, and games records, as well as achieving personal best in your careers.
“You all, members of Team Nigeria, have ignited the spirit for victory in our nation but even more you have been victorious in major sporting championships and games.
“I have followed keenly your achievements at the World Championships in Oregon, USA, and indeed your remarkable performance at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
“And I am very pleased that you displayed at both the personal and group levels great sporting talents and delivered for your country great podium performances.”
Buhari said that the athletes’ hour of sporting success beamed the “radar of the world on Nigeria”, maintaining that their exploits have gone a long way in projecting the positive image of the country.
He added, “Twelve times the world stood still as our green, the white-green national flag was hoisted and the National Anthem recited. Thirty-five times we made it to the podium. You all Team Nigeria made that possible.
“You brought glory and honour to our country. And today, on behalf of the nation- I say, Thank You!”