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Buhari lights ‘Torch of Unity’ to flag-off National sports festival

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja, called on private sector investors to join hands with the government in youth and sports development in the country. Buhari lights.

The President made assertion at a ceremony to receive the “Torch of Unity’’ and flag-off of its movement across Nigeria, heralding the National Sports Festival scheduled to hold in Benin City, the Edo State capital, in March this year.

According to a statement by his media aide, Femi Adesina, President Buhari reiterated his administration’s commitment to continue supporting and providing the enabling environment for the development of sports at all levels.

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‘‘I am pleased to receive the National Sports Festival “Torch of Unity’’. It is a symbolic representation of the Unity, Peace and Solidarity amongst Nigerians, especially the athletes and officials in the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory. Buhari lights.

‘‘Since the inception of the National Sports Festival in 1973, the Games have been a useful avenue for interaction, integration for our youth, sportsmen and women and a platform for states to showcase their best in sports. ‘‘It is for this reason that the Federal Government intervened to host the last edition of the Festival in the FCT in order to salvage the sports fiesta from permanent closure.

‘‘I wish to commend the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and the Federal Capital Territory for hosting the event in 2018,’’ he said.

On sports development in the country, the President applauded the Ministry for initiating the Adopt an Athlete or Stadium Campaign, noting that it is one of the useful ways to create opportunities for participation by firms and individuals.

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