The organisation in charge of disseminating information about the country has called on all Nigerians to stand behind the national team during its campaign in South Africa
The National Orientation Agency on Wednesday called on Nigerians from all walks of life to have firm belief in and give total support to the Super Eagles’ campaign at the 29th Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.
Mike Omeri, Director -General of the agency, said in Abuja: “We all have a patriotic duty to have faith in the Super Eagles, to do everything within our power at various levels to support the team for this competition. At the National Orientation Agency, we are calling on all Nigerians to rise up and have belief in the Super Eagles.
“Football is the major event that brings all of us together, as Nigerians. The Nigeria Football Federation has done its duty of preparing the team very well for the championship, and also to make arrangements for its participation. It is now the turn of Nigerians to give support.”
Omeri spoke at the Conference Room of the Nigeria Football Federation while on a courtesy visit to the Glass House, at about the time the Super Eagles were flying from Lisbon to Paris to board a flight to Johannesburg, South Africa.
“Nigeria can be the best in everything we do, and I believe that with the preparation that the team has had and the patriotic fervour of the players and officials, they will triumph in South Africa,” Omeri added.
Responding, NFF President Aminu Maigari thanked the NOA for the wonderful job it has been doing to rekindle the fire of patriotism in Nigerians, and promised that the Super Eagles will not disappoint in South Africa.
“The players are ready to go and they are very happy to have been chosen to represent a country of 167 million people. I have spoken with each and everyone of the players and their coaches and they have given word that they will do the country proud at the Africa Cup of Nations,” said Maigari.
Also at the event were NFF Executive Committee members Shehu Adamu and Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, NFF General Secretary Musa Amadu, special assistant to NFF President Ibrahim Musa Gusau and former Super Eagles’ captain and Nigeria Football Ambassador, Nwankwo Kanu.
Omeri was at the Glass House in company of his Executive Director (Finance and Accounts) Ali Kagu, PRS Director Bonat Tagwai, Director of Special Duties Ngozi Ekeoba, Director of Legal Amina Ahmed, deputy director Sam Sou, Chief Press Secretary Paul Odonyi and special assistant David Akoji.
The NOA presented to the NFF leadership some national flags, CDs of the National Anthem and scripts of The Pledge while the NFF handed over some Adidas wears in return.