President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated new World Boxing Federation (WBF) International Super Featherweight Champion, Ridwan Oyekola, “The Scorpion”.
President Buhari, in a statement issued on Tuesday by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, joined all Nigerians to celebrate the historical feat after 57 years.
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The President said Oyekola’s victory over an Argentine fighter, Lucas Montessino, brought more glory to the country, in a sport where another Nigerian, Anthony Joshua consistently blazes the trail.
He enjoined all youths to diligently follow their passion to the point of global recognition and celebration.
Buhari, who expressed belief that the new Super Featherweight Champion realized his dream after many years of focus and discipline, urged more commitment to sustain his place in history, after the Late Dick Tiger.
The President also lauded the Local Organising Committee for the WBF Title Match, which held in Nigeria.
“A special victory”
The minister of youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare in his congratulatory statement described Oyekola’s victory as a special one.
“I want to on behalf of millions of Nigerians congratulate new boxing champion, Ridwan ‘The Scorpion’ Oyekola on his victory in the World Boxing Featherweight bout.
“Coming few weeks after Anthony Joshua’s feat is not only heart warming, but quite inspiring. This is really worthy of celebrating. Ridwan, you have really broken the ice and re- confirmed Nigeria’s pole position as a force to reckon with in not just amateur boxing, but at the professional stage. All Nigerians are indeed proud of you for registering our country’s name on the global stage”
The Minister further said “Ridwan’s victory is special coming 57 years after another Nigerian Dick Tiger attained the same feat. This is a special way to end the year”.
Oyekola secured a unanimous victory over Argentine pugilist Lucas Montessino in the fight that took place in Ibadan, Oyo State.