By Umar Muhammad Puma
Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, wishes Nigeria an outstanding and memorable outing at the 2018 Winter Olympics starting in PyeongChang, South Korea on the 8th of February.
Atiku Abubakar, in a statement released by his media officer in Abuja, described Nigeria’s quest at the Winter Games as historic, considering that the country does not experience any snow.
“Once again, Nigeria is proving to the world and, most importantly, to ourselves, that we can do the unimaginable and the impossible once we set our hearts on it,” he said.
The former Vice President praised the trio of Ngozi Onwumere, Akuoma Omeoga, Seun Adigun and Simi Adeagbo, who will represent Nigeria in bobsled and skeleton respectively, at the games.
The three women competing in bobsled were originally trained in track and field but eventually switched to bobsled and qualified for the Olympics, a feat which Atiku Abubakar described as pure evidence of the indomitable spirit of Nigeria to conquer new grounds.
Atiku Abubakar noted that the trio’s audacious goal of becoming Africa’s first-ever bobsled team to go to the Winter Olympics was the motivating force in the qualification of Simi Adeagbo for the skeleton event.
“These Nigerians are an example of what each and every one of us can accomplish once we set hearts to it, irrespective of the obstacles that may lie in our path.
“I wish these brave women the best as they fly our nation’s flag at the Olympics. May they be an inspiration to us all to chart new territories and seek to conquer new grounds.”