Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday called on African leaders to exploit the potentials of sports to create job and promote peaceful coexistence.
President Buhari, represented by Solomon Dalung, Minister of Sports And Youth Development, stated this at the opening ceremony of the united world wresting African championships in Port Harcourt.
He said that sports could also promote the well being of a nation.
The president urged the athletes representing Nigeria to do their best and bring laurel to the nation.
President Buhari said the participation of over 45 countries in the wrestling tournament implied that it was a successful occasion.
He commended the rivers government for putting in place a sporting edifice of international standard.
Governor Nyesom Wike of rivers, in his welcome address, said that the hosting of the championships, Port Harcourt 2018, would foster regional unity.
He said that the event would also provide the platform for highly talented national wrestlers to prove themselves.