Abiodun Celebrates Sagamu-born World Heavyweight Boxer Anthony Joshua.
Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has congratulated the Sagamu-born World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Anthony Joshua, for displaying what he described as “Ogun State standard of excellence by reclaiming his titles in the re-match with his opponent, Andy Ruiz Jr” in Saudi Arabia.
Abiodun said the Ogun State-born boxer made Nigerians proud and restored confidence that the country would be great again.
“I congratulate Anthony on this successful outing. May he continue with the winning streak ad infinitum,” the governor said.
Abiodun, who said he took time of his tight schedule to watch the fight like other millions of his admirers, noted that the boxer outclassed Ruiz over 12 rounds “to compensate them and reassured us that hard work pays.”
“My joy is unquantifiable,” he said, adding that “our government has always seen sports as not only a unifying factor but a means to socio-economic emancipation.”
The governor, however, attributed the outcome to the manifestation of God’s love for the people of the state who prayed ceaselessly for Joshua that the nightmarish experience of New York earlier in the year be reversed.
“God still answers prayers. We return all glory to God Almighty for granting our hearts’ desires and ceaseless prayers for our brother, Anthony Joshua, to regain 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 Saudi Arabia doubly excites me. God answered us,” an excited Abiodun enthused.
He also lauded Joshua for his determination, hard work, resilience and focus, which he described as virtues engrained in the DNA of the people of Ogun State.
“He has made us proud by exhibiting these traits and the can-do spirit of Ogun people,” Abiodun added.
This victory, noted Abiodun, should inspire other aspiring champions of Ogun State origin to do more. “On our path,” the governor said, “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,” he said.
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