President Muhammadu Buhari has hailed the election of Nigeria’s Amaju Pinnick as an executive member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Buhari extended his congratulations to Pinnick during a presentation on sports development in the country made to him by Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, at the Aso Rock Villa yesterday.
The president also pledged an all-time support for sporting activities in the country despite the prevailing economic difficulties.
Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalong made the disclosure yesterday after a meeting with the President.
Speaking with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting that held behind closed doors, Dalung said he also updated the President on preparations for the next Football World Cup and forthcoming Commonwealth Games.
He said: “I came in to brief the President on the developments in sports since he went on vacation and returned. I also informed him of the successes recorded so far in CAF where a Nigerian has been elected as an executive member of the board.
“I updated him on the need for us to intensify our mobilisation efforts for the World Cup qualifiers. Although we are topping the group, it is not yet Uhuru for us. We need to do more.
“I drew his attention to the fact that we have received the Queen’s Relay baton which kick-starts the mobilisation for Commonwealth Games in Australia in 2018.