Buhari Buhari Fulfils 31-yr-old Promise To Golden Eaglets, Other Athletes, Rewards Them With Millions(Photos)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday fulfilled his 31-year-old promise to Golden Eaglets who won the maiden edition of the FIFA under 17 world cup when he was military head of state.

He rewarded with cash, Nigeria’s team that won the FIFA Youth Championship in 1985, and other athletes that did the country proud at various international competitions during the period.

The athletes were hosted by President Buhari at the old Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja.

Each member of the 1985 team will get N2 million, while their coaches will smile home with N1.5 million each.

Members of the victorious 2015 side will go home with N1.2 million each and the coaches will receive N900,000 each. The Assistant coaches are also rewarded with N600, 000 each.

Each member of the Dream Team that won the U-23 African Nations Cup in Senegal last year got N600,000, while their coaches went home with N500,000 each.

The 2015 Afro-Basketball Male Tournament Gold medalists got N600,000 each, coaches – N600,000, and team officials – N250, 000 each.

Members of the 2015 FIBA African Women Championship, where Nigeria won silver medal, got N400,000 each, coaches went home with N400,000 and while team officials got N150,000 each.

Read below, President Buhari’s speech at the event, and the amounts gifted to this athletes.

“It gladdens my heart to play host to our dear athletes and officials who have consistently done the nation proud at various international competitions. Nigerian athletes, despite prevailing challenges, have always proven to the rest of the world that the Nigerian spirit is indomitable. On behalf of all Nigerians, I wish to specially express my appreciation and indeed that of the nation to our athletes and officials for the consistency, determination, willpower and penchant for success being witnessed in the sports sector in recent times. I urge the managers of this sector to keep up the momentum.”

“I wish to assure you that the Federal Government of Nigeria would not relent in its efforts to ensure that our sportsmen and women continue to excel in international competitions. I am particularly concerned about our participation at the forthcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games. We must not allow a repetition of the unsavoury experience at the London 2012 Olympics where Nigerian athletes failed to make it to the podium.”

“This Administration’s policy of “change” must reflect in the way we do things either as individuals or institutions. We must strive to be prudent in the way we manage our time, financial and material resources to ensure victory at the next Olympics. We must aim for optimal performance at all international competitions. Your Excellencies, Great Nigerian Athletes, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, I wish to remark that today’s event is very special to me because, Almighty Allah has, in His infinite mercies and love, kept me alive to this day and granted me the privilege of being able to fulfill my promise in 1985, to reward the winners of the maiden edition of the FIFA Under-17 World Championship.”

“The reason for the 30 years delay is well known. It is however sad to note that a member of the 1985 Golden Eaglets is not here with us today. Please join me in observing a one-minute silence in honour of Kingsley Aikhionbare who died in London, in 1996. It is a well known fact that so much water has passed under the bridge between 1985 and now. The State governments that were to implement most of the pledges to the players and officials have changed hands so many times under different dispensations and political parties.”

“In line with our belief that the “labour of our heroes past shall never be in vain” we will be saying thank you to our 1985 Golden Eaglets’ players and officials by using the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports template for rewarding outstanding athletes.”

“As you are all aware, the financial resources of our nation have been dwindling since last year. Hence what we are offering you today, is not payment or compensation for winning laurels for your country, rather, it is a token of appreciation for your efforts and patriotism while competing for your fatherland.
In this connection, I have the honour, on behalf of the Government and sports loving Nigerians to announce the following as token of our appreciation to our sports ambassadors:

2015 World Wrestling Championship
Beneficiaries
Amount
Wrestler (Bronze Medallists)
N1,200,000.00
Coaches
N6,000,000.00

FIBA 2015 Male Afro-Basketball Champion, D’Tigers
Beneficiaries
Amount
Players (Gold Medallists)
N600,000.00
Coaches
N600,000.00
Team Officials
N250,000.00

2015 FIBA Africa Under 16 Female Championships
Beneficiaries
Amount
Players (Silver Medallists)
N400,000.00
Coaches
N400,000.00
Team Officials
N150,000.00

2015 IPC Asian Open International Powerlifting Championship
Beneficiaries
Amount
Gold Medallists
N600,000.00
Silver Medallists
N450,000.00
Coaches
N450,000.00
Team Officials
N250,000.00

World English Language Scrabble Champion
Beneficiaries
Amount
Player (Gold Medallist)
N1,500,000.00
Coach
N1,200,000.00
Team secretary
N450,000.00

WBC Silver Cruiser Weight Title
Beneficiary
Amount
Winner (Title Holder)
N1,500,000.00

2015 CAF Under 23 Cup Of Nations Champions
Beneficiaries
Amount
Players (Gold Medallists)
N500,000.00
Head Coach
N500,000.00
Assistant Coaches
N300,000.00
Other Team Officials
N300,000.00

2015 FIFA Under 17 Male Football Champions
Beneficiaries
Amount
Players (Gold Medallists)
N1,200,000.00
Head Coach
N900,000.00
Assistant Coaches
N600,000.00
Team Secretary
N300,000.00
Medical Team
N300,000.00
Other Officials
N200,000.00

1985 FIFA Under 17 Male Football Champions
Beneficiaries
Amount
Players (Gold Medallists)
N2,000,000.00
Coaches
N1,500,000.00

Late Aikhionbare’s Next of Kin should collect his money on behalf of his family.
Thank you all and God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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