January 30, 2023
Edo 2020: President describes sports as tool for unity Edo 2020: President describes sports as tool for unity

Edo 2020: President describes sports as tool for unity

From Salisu Baso, Benin

Federal government has acknowledge the sports as one of the bond that unite the people despite numerous challenges bedeviling the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari stated this while declaring open the 20th National Sports Festival tag ‘Edo 2020’ at the Samuel Ogbumudia international stadium Benin, Edo state.

The president was represented by the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr Sunday Dare, commended the athletes for their faith in government to make the event happen.

” The national sports festival as you all know still remain the veritable tool for uniting our country, as well as bringing our young men and women interact and compete.

” It also provide the avenue to discover talents for various sports that will represent the country in the global sports arena,” he noted.

President Buhari also thanked the government and people of Edo State for keeping their promise of hosting the festival despite numerous challenges by the postponement which supposed to hold almost a year ago.

” This indeed is in consonant with the aspiration of founding fathers such as General Yakubu Gowon, late Major General Henry Adebokwe, late Brig. Samuel Ogbumudia and others who initiated and bring this event to lime light,” the president said.

Earlier in his address, the Edo State, Governor Godwin Obaseki welcomed the participants to Benin City where promise is fulfilled despite challenges poses by coronavirus pandemic.

He said the hosting of games is a clear testimony to the indomitable Nigerian spirit and the determination to at every point in rising history above all the challenges that threatened the unity and survival of the country.

” The national sports festival has a very unique history which is deeply rooted in the sad experience of Nigerian civil war. The first edition was hold to bring our different people together to compete and find purpose in the bond that bind us together as brothers and sisters notwithstanding our difference ethnic origin, gender, religion and language”.

The opening ceremony hold at the ultramodern Samuel Ogbumudia stadium with different performances by cultural troupes showcase the ancient cultural heritage of Nigerians and witnessed by representative of each participating state.

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