Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has described the victory recorded by the world boxing champion, Anthony Joshua, in his World Boxing titles’ defence against his Bulgarian opponent, Kubrat Pulev in London on Saturday, as a worthy Christmas gift from God to the people of state.
The governor said this in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary,Kunle Somorin, on Sunday.
Gov. Abiodun said the Ogun State-born Joshua boxer had demonstrated by this feat that despite myriads of challenges facing the country, the country would eventually overcome them all.
He added that he had made Nigerians proud and restored such hope of a better tomorrow no matter the odds.
Governor Abiodun while congratulating Joshua on this successful outing prayed he would continue with the winning streak ad infinitum.
The Governor, however, attributed the outcome to the manifestation of God’s love for the people of the State who prayed ceaselessly for him and organised rallies and viewing centres to watch the fight live across all the three senatorial districts of the state.
Abiodun said: “God still answers prayers. We return all glory to God Almighty for granting our hearts’ desire for our brother, Anthony Joshua, to retain the IBF, WBA and WBO titles.
“All of us in the state, irrespective of our religious affiliations prayed for his success. That the feat happened in London, last night can be regarded as a worthy Christmas gift from God and AJ to all of us in Ogun State. God answered us.”
Governor Abiodun also lauded Joshua for his determination, hard work, resilience and focus, which he described as virtues engrained in the DNA of Ogun people.
He said his administration would provide the necessary incentives to all ambitious young men and women in the state to become World Champions in all considerable areas of sports, not only in boxing.
He promised to fix all the stadia, upgrade facilities, train sportsmen and women, motivate coaches and develop talents starting from the grassroots.
Governor Abiodun, however, called on all stakeholders to be concerned about hunting for and developing talents, because he noted that sports had the potential to pull more people out of poverty and tame insecurity, social strife and crimes.