By Kamil Opeyemi
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed excitement on the victory of Nigerian-born boxer, Anthony Joshua, over Jermaine Franklin.
The Nigerian president commended Joshua for his triumph over Franklin calling him a “gifted pugilist”.
He said Joshua never allowed personal setbacks and obstacles to dent his resilient spirit, adding that the former three-time world heavyweight champion has demonstrated that “by hard work, patience, dedication, persistence and humility, those who dare do win.”
A statement by Femi Adesina, media aide to the president quoted him as lauding “Joshua for his courage and discipline, on and off the ring, and prays that this success will be a stepping stone to one of the greatest comebacks in boxing history.”
“The President believes that the accomplishments of Joshua on the world stage will continue to inspire many upcoming professionals, particularly sportsmen and women, not to be discouraged by temporary defeats and setbacks.
“He wishes Joshua a bright future and fulfilling career.”