President Muhammadu Buhari today received the original World Cup trophy at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja.
President Buhari held the trophy and delivered a welcome remark, and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Dalung and other members of the Federal Executive Council viewed the trophy.
The trophy, on a tour of 91 cities in 51 countries across six continents before the finals, touched down at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport aboard a chartered flight this morning
This is the fourth Global Tour by the FIFA World Cup Trophy, and the third time it is visiting Nigeria.
According to Coca-Cola Nigeria, there will be a dinner at the Banquet Hall of the State House for invited guests, and on Thursday, a whole –day consumer viewing of the trophy will take place at the Old Parade Ground, Abuja.
The trophy and its accompanying team will then fly into Lagos on Friday morning, to be received by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and members of his cabinet as well as NFF President Amaju Pinnick and NFF 1st Vice President Seyi Akinwunmi.
A dinner is planned for the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island the same evening, while there will be a consumer viewing of the coveted diadem at the Tafawa Balewa Square on Saturday, before the trophy departs Nigerian shores in the evening of Saturday.
The original FIFA World Cup, will be handed over to the captain of the victorious team inside the 80,000–capacity Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15.