Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has felicitated the world boxing champion, Anthony Joshua, for displaying “Ogun standard of excellence” in his World Boxing titles’ defence against his Bulgarian opponent, Kubrat Pulev in London on Saturday. 

Governor Abiodun said in a statement issued in Abeokuta by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Kunle Somorin that the Ogun State-born Joshua made Nigerians proud and restored confidence that country would overcome in spite of the nation’s challenges.

The governor, attributed the outcome to the manifestation of God’s love for the people of the state who prayed ceaselessly for AJ and organized rallies and viewing centres to watch the fight live across all the 20 local government areas.

Governor Abiodun who also lauded Joshua for his determination, hard work, resilience and focus, which he described as virtues engrained in the DNA of Ogun people, said the victory was a worthy Christmas gift from God to AJ and residents of Ogun State.

He reaffirmed the commitment of the present administration to continue to provide the necessary incentives to all ambitious young men and women to become World Champions not only in boxing but in all areas of sports.

Olusegun Folarin


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