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Tobi Amusan bags national honour as Buhari rewards athletes with N200m



President Muhammadu Buhari has approved National Honours of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) and cash awards of N200 million (Two Hundred Million Naira) for Team Nigeria contingents to the 2022 Commonwealth Games and World Athletics championships.

Buhari announced this on Thursday at a presidential reception held in honour of the athletes at the State House, Abuja.

A statement by Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said the President congratulated the athletes for their “outstanding performances”.

Buhari said his government was committed to rewarding excellence, no less for members of Team Nigeria who ignited the spirit of victory in the nation through stellar performances at international competitions.

The athletes who were honoured included gold winners and other medal winners like Tobiloba Amusan, Ese Brume, Blessing Oborodudu, Oluwafemiayo Folashade, Taiwo Liadi, Ikechukwu Obichukwu, Bose Omolayo, Favour Ofili, Nasiru Sule, Ifechukwude Ikpeoyi, Ebikewenimo Welson, Hannah Reuben and Elizabeth Oshoba.

Buhari said; ”Your outstanding performances in recent times are consistent with the determination of a nation always yearning for excellent performance. ‘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.”