Just about 38 seconds after the referee blew the final whistle, signalling the end of the game, President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday sent his congratulatory message to the Super Eagles, saying the amazing metamorphosis from rank outsiders to champions was a an eloquent testimony that Nigerians can achieve greater successes in other fields of human effort if they unite devotedly and collectively in supporting his transformation agenda.
"President Jonathan believes that the team's amazing transformation from rank outsiders to champions is a clear manifestation of the even greater successes the country can achieve in all other fields of human endeavour if all Nigerians come together and devote their immense collective energies and resources to supporting the implementation of his Administration's Agenda for National Transformation", the president said
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, Jonathan who expressed believe that the Super Eagle will repeat this historical victory at the 2014 world cup in Brazil urged "Nigerians to imbibe the positive lessons of the Super Eagles' success because the fulfilment of the country's immense potentials for greatness will be more speedily attained if more Nigerians resolve to emulate the team's exemplary unity of purpose, dedication, commitment and devotion to service of the nation".
The statement made available to LEADERSHIP last night reads in part: "President Goodluck Jonathan congratulates the Super Eagles and all Nigerians on the country's inspiring victory in the AFCON 2013 finals this evening in Johannesburg.
President Jonathan thanks Coach Stephen Keshi and all members of the team who have worked very hard and played with great focus, dedication, artistry and patriotism to make Nigeria the proud champions of Africa once again after 19 years of setbacks in the competition.
"The President also commends the Minister of Sports, Mr. Bolaji Abdullahi, the Chairman and members of the Nigerian Football Federation and all others who have contributed to the astonishing transformation of the Super Eagles from underdogs to gallant winners and glorious soccer champions of the African continent.
"The President also believes that having conquered Africa, the new Super Eagles can go on to achieve even greater glory at the World Cup in Brazil next year. He assures the team that it will receive every necessary support and encouragement from the Federal Government for that next national assignment.
"President Jonathan thanks the Government of South Africa and the Confederation of African Football for a well-organised tournament and looks forward to receiving the victorious Super Eagles in Abuja on Tuesday".