Abuja — The Inspector General of Police, (IG), Mr. Mohammed D. Abubakar, has urged youths across the country to emulate the 'I can do it' spirit of the victorious Super Eagles.
The IG said: "I advise our youths to emulate the patriotic spirit of the Super Eagles, shun crime and criminality, redefine their priorities; and contribute their quota in the task of building a great Nigeria that will be the pride of Africa, not only in the world of sports, but in the global comity of nations."
In a statement signed by the force spokesman, Mr. Frank Mba, while congratulating the Super Eagles for their emphatic victory over the Stallions of Burkina Faso, in the finals of the just concluded AFCON, held in Johannesburg, South Africa Abubakar described the Super Eagles' well deserved victory and their consequent winning of the AFCON trophy, as superlative and heart-warming.
"The victory of the Super Eagles is a strong unifying force that has brought Nigerians together in joy, at a time government and its agencies are doing everything humanly possible, to ensure the well being of the citizenry."
According to him, the victory has once again brought hope and smiles to Nigerians as we continue our match to national greatness.
The statement noted that Abubakar is not only a sports enthusiast but a consummate and versatile sports administrator.
The IG expressed the belief that the Super Eagle's victory will help in strengthening and catalyzing on-going sports renaissance within the Police Force, while promising to use the forthcoming Police Games slated for Port Harcourt, Rivers State, to discover, encourage and groom future Olympians and champions for the country, not only in football but also in other key sporting events.
He was a former member of the Nigeria Football Association as well as serving as chairman of the Security Committee of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Nigeria in 1999.