NIGERIA: 1st Lady Gives National Parasports Teams Morale Booster


Nigerian First Lady Aisha Buhari reechoed those timeless morale-boosting words that there is ability in disability at the National Stadium, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, on Friday during the presentation of a special bus to Nigeria’s parasports teams by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.

Hajiya Buhari, who was represented at the occasion by her Special Assistant on Health and Developmental Partners, Dr. Victoria Ogala-Akogwu, said that she was happy to be associated with the para-athletes who had won medals for the country in numerous international events.

She stated that this validated President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s inclusiveness agenda.

She also urged well-meaning Nigerians to work with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to encourage Nigerian para-athletes through funding them.

This, according to her, will raise morale, provide reassurance of communal support, and inspire them to earn additional honours for the country.

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, stated in his speech that sports in Nigeria were true vehicles for national unity, cohesion, peace, progress, and foreign diplomacy.

He emphasised Mrs. Buhari’s enthusiasm for para sports, noting that she had sponsored the 2019 World Para Powerlifting Championship in Abuja.

He expressed optimism that his Ministry will attain greater heights in the sector with the launch of the new National Sports Festivals and Para Sports Department.

Ezekiel Elisha, who spoke on behalf of the para-athletes and raced in a wheelchair, was also given a new wheelchair.

Officials from the First Lady’s office attended the ceremony, including the Special Assistant, Special Duties, Rose Audu; Special Assistant, Media, Adebisi Olumide-Ajayi; Executive Secretary, Future Assured, Mallam Saidu Suleiman; and Head of Finance, Hajiya Laila Ribadu.

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