President Muhammadu Buhari has announced a reward of 2 million Naira each to members of the nation’s Under-16 Golden Eaglets that won the 1985 FIFA Championship when he was military Head of State.
The President announced the rewards at a presidential reception organised for outstanding athletes and officials who did Nigeria proud in recent sporting competitions.
The event was held inside the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The President told the sportsmen and women to ensure that the administration’s policy of change reflects in the way they do things.
He said that what he had done is not a compensation for winning laurels for the country but a token of appreciation for their patriotic efforts.
Buhari, however, caused a stir when he first mistakenly announced rewards of N200million each for the 1985 Eaglets.
Amidst excitement in the hall, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, mounted the podium to correct the error.