Buhari showers N1m cash gifts on D’Tigress’ players

Buhari showers N1m cash gifts on D’Tigress’ players
August 30 17:44 2017

President Muhammadu Buhari has announced cash gifts of N1 million each for members of the national female basketball team, D’Tigress and N500, 000 for the officials.

The team won the 2017 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket tournament in Mali and qualified for the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup taking place in Spain.

Buhari made the announcement while hosting the team before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting at the State House, Abuja on Wednesday.

He directed the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, to ensure the money is released to the players and the officials as soon as possible.

The President assured the team of Federal Government’s support to ensure that they excel against other top competitors in Spain.

The team captain, Aisha Mohammed, said the cash reward would spur the players to go for gold in Spain next year.

“We feel overjoyed that the President invited us to come here. We are excited. We promise to give Nigeria more victories and by the grace of God we will go to Spain and win.

“The cash reward will motivate us to do more by the grace of God,” she said.

On what to expect in Spain, she replied, “Gold medal by the grace of God.”

The President of Nigeria Basketball Federation, Musa Ahmadu Kida, attributed the success of the team to the democratic process that has returned to the federation.

He added that if the team could achieve such result in three weeks of the new executive, they will repeat the same feat in Spain.

He told State House correspondents after the ceremony that the magic in the team’s win “is that this time there was an election that was very democratic and we are actually the result of democracy in sports where the true stakeholders who have the passion for the game are the people administering the sport.”