Nigerian Senate wants Super Eagles to get national honours awards - For winning the 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), the Nigerian Senate has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to reward members of the victorious Super Eagles with national honour awards.
The Senate also recommended that apart from cash gifts, the President should name streets in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, after the players.
The Senate also passes a vote of confidence on Coach Stephen Keshi and local coaches who assisted him during the tournament.
Moving a motion, supported by all senators, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, said that the performance of the Super Eagles team was due to dedication and the spirit of tenacity.
Ekweremadu stated that the Senate noted with pleasure “the splendid performance of the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Nigeria’s emergence as champion of Africa at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in South Africa” and “the tenacity of spirit, patriotic zeal as well as unity and team spirit displayed by the players, coach, and the entire team management.”
He commended and congratulated “the Super Eagles for making the nation proud”. The Senate later observed a standing ovation in honour of “the new kings of African football”.
The Nigerian Senate called on managers of sports federations in Nigeria to return to the grassroots to source and develop the nation’s abundant talents with a view to sustaining 'this new dawn in the nation’s football and sports in general.”
Senate President, Senator David Mark, concluded the debate by commending all the nation’s 109 Senators for supporting the motion.