The President of Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) has told the country’s wrestlers not to expect their reward on earth.
Igali made the statement, while reacting to the hosting of the national female basketball team, D’Tigress, by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
D’Tigress won the 2017 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket tournament in Mali and qualified for the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Spain.
The President NWF on his twitter handle @dynamiteigali, said the wrestlers reward is in heaven. His twitter handle read, “NGR National Wrestlers: 8 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze 2017 African champs. Silver medal at Senior World Championships. Your reward is in heaven”.
NGR National Wrestlers: 8 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze 2017 African champs. Silver medal at Senior World Championships. Your reward is in heaven
— Daniel Igali (@dynamiteigali) August 30, 2017
On Wednesday, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari doled out N12.5 million cash to the victorious national female basketball team, D’Tigress, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
It will be recalled that the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports organized a reception for Nigeria female basketball team that won the just concluded Afro Basketball Championship, leading some stakeholders in the sports industry to frown at what they called “neglecting the country’s wrestlers.”
This position was made clear after a text by the Special Adviser on Media to Solomon Dalung, Nneka Ikem Anibeze which read: “A reception for D’Tigress basketball team of Nigeria will hold today Tuesday Aug 29, 2017 at the Media Center National stadium, Abuja at 2.30pm,” was made public.
Also, the the president’s congratulatory message, signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in Abuja did not help matters as the presidential spokesman neglected to mention the Nigeria wrestling team in his congratulatory message.
The Wrestling Federation within the space of three years, have won two medals (Silver and Bronze both from Odunayo Adekuoroye) at the World Championships.