By Emmanuel Awosika
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has celebrated Nigerian boxer, Anthony Joshua’s win over Kubrat Pulev in a title match which held in London on Saturday.
Abiodun, in a statement released by his chief press secretary, Kunle Somorin, in Abeokuta, said Joshua, who is a native of Ogun State, made Nigerians proud with his display.
He added that Joshua’s achievements showed that Nigerian still had the power to overcome its challenges.
The Governor declared that Joshua won because God loves Ogun indigenes who prayed on behalf of the British-based boxer ahead of his bout.
“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,” he said.
He also commended Joshua for displaying determination, resilience and hard work, which he said are traits common to Ogun indigenes.
Noting that sports had the power to correct social ills, Abiodun said his government would provide opportunities for athletes in Ogun State to realise their potential.
“On our path, we would provide the necessary incentives to all our ambitious young men and women to become World Champions in all considerable areas of sports, not only in boxing.
“We are poised to fix our stadia, upgrade facilities, train sportsmen and women, motivate coaches and develop talents starting from the grassroots.”