BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Sunday thumbed up World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Anthony Joshua, for regaining his belts Saturday night in a rematch with Mexican, Andy Ruiz Jnr.
In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said that President Buhari rejoices with Joshua, saluting him for bringing joy to millions of Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora, who had rooted for him to regain the titles he lost about six months ago.
Buhari said; “The downfall of a man is truly not the end of his life. There’s always another, and better day. This is a lesson we must all learn from you as a country,” President Buhari tells the comeback world champion.
The President wishes Anthony Joshua well as he seeks to bring more glory to Nigeria, and to the boxing profession.
Similarly, the All Progressives Congress congratulated the Nigerian-born Anthony Joshua on becoming a two-time world heavyweight champion following his victory over Andy Ruiz Jr in a tense rematch in Saudi Arabia.
The APC in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu said that with Anthony Joshua’s boxing career suffering a major setback following a shock defeat to Andy Ruiz six months ago, he approached the disappointment with positive spirit.
The ruling Party said that it is not surprised by Anthony Joshua’s deserved and stunning comeback victory which saw him retake the IBF, WBA, IBO and WBO titles.
The APC further said; “Anthony Joshua now joins a small cluster of men including Muhammad Ali, Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson and Floyd Patterson to have reclaimed the world heavyweight title.
“Anthony Joshua’s persistence and resilience represent the typical can-do spirit of Nigerians in the face of adversity. He is a man who is proud to be a Nigerian doing his best in his calling to uplift the name of his fatherland. He rose to world best in boxing with determination, exhibiting the positive audacity for which Nigerians are known worldwide
“As the ruling party, espousing on the ideals of resourcefulness, hard work, self-belief, and patriotism, we are proud to present Anthony Joshua as an emblem of a true Nigerian.
“We see in him, the embodiment of the national identity every true Nigerian is made of.”