President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday announced cash gifts of N1 million each for members of the national female basketball team, D’Tigress.
The team on Sunday made Nigeria proud after it won the 2017 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket tournament in Mali – defeating the Senegal team 65-48 in the final – and then qualified for the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Spain.
The president also gave the team’s officials N500,000 each.
Buhari made the announcement at the commencement of the weekly federal executive council (FEC) meeting today, the first he would attend since he returned from his medical leave in the UK.
Apparently elated by the development, the team captain, Aisha Mohammed, said the cash reward from the president would encourage them to win gold next year in Spain.
Also speaking, the President of Nigeria Basketball Federation, Musa Ahmadu Kida, attributed the success of the team to the democratic process that has returned to the federation.
Kida further expressed optimism that the team could achieve the same success when they go to Spain.
It is understood that apart from the over 100 days for which President Buhari was out of Nigeria for health treatment, the president had missed five consecutive meetings, two of which were cancelled.