President Muhammadu Buhari has told the Super Eagles of Nigeria that only victory at the forthcoming World Cup in Russia (Road to Russia 2018) will gladden Nigerians.He further urged them to embrace fair play, adding that they should demonstrate at the tournament the gallant spirit which Nigerians are known for. Buhari spoke during a reception organized for the team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday.
Yesterday I hosted a talented group of young Nigerians who will soon be traveling to Russia carrying the passions & emotions of 180 million people.
Today I look forward to welcoming to the State House another group of young Nigerians, as I sign into law the #NotTooYoungToRun Bill pic.twitter.com/J4iJMVQ8GZ
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) May 31, 2018
The President said, “As you are going to represent us in Russia 2018, you must bear in mind that you are not just going for a tournament. “With each game, you must remember that you are carrying the passions, emotions, and feelings of over 180 million people.“Play fair and clean, but demonstrate the gallant spirit which Nigerians are known for.
And he also assures Nigerians he is close to signing the “Not Too Young to Rule” with the hastag #NotTooYoungToRule
“Nothing unites Nigerians more than football and nothing will gladden the people of Nigeria than for your to acquit yourself honourably by winning in Russia 2018. “You are the youngest team in the tournament which means you are likely the most inexperienced team, a fact that will not be lost on your opponents. But it is also something that you can use to your advantage. “You have the full support and the blessings of all Nigerians who will look up to you for as long as the tournament lasts.” Buhari commended the Nigerian Football Federation for drawing up the right programme that is helping to refine the team to the powerful force which it’s meant to be.
“This is our time. We look up to you to make us proud. All Nigerians join me in saying to you, best of luck. Thank you and God be with you all.”
Road to Russia 2018