Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun on Sunday felicitated with the Ogun State-born world boxing champion for displaying the “Ogun standard of excellence by reclaiming all the titles in the re-match with his opponent, Andy Ruiz Jr.”
The Governor in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin in Abeokuta, the State capital on Sunday, said, Joshua made Nigerians proud and restored confidence that the nation will be great again.
“I congratulate Anthony on this successful outing. May he continue with the winning streak ad infinitum,” Abiodun prayed.
According to Abiodun, the world heavyweight championship in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night, kept sleep away from the eyes of many admirers of AJ worldwide, especially the people of the State.
The Governor noted that the Sagamu-born boxer outclassed Andy Ruiz Jr 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 dimensioned sports as not only a unifying factor but a socio-economic imperative.”
The Governor attributed the outcome of the match to the manifestation of God’s love for the people of the State who prayed ceaselessly for AJ, that the nightmarish experience of New York earlier in the year be reversed.
His words, “God still answers prayers. We return all the 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 Governor Abiodun enthused.
He also lauded Joshua for his determination, hard work, resilience and focus which he described as virtues engrained in the DNA of Ogun people.
“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 part”, 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 called on all stakeholders to be concerned about hunting for and developing talents. Abiodun noted that with sports, more people would be pulled out of poverty, while insecurity, social strife and crimes would be kept in check.