By Abba Gwale
President Muhammadu Buhari has celebrated the decisive victory of Nigerian-born boxing sensation, Anthony Joshua, over Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev on Saturday night. This celebration is coming less than 24 hours after bandits attacked a boarding secondary in Katsina and abducted hundreds of students.
In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President said by retaining his IBF, WBA, and WBO titles, Joshua has given boxing lovers round the world, and particularly in Nigeria, something to cheer about.
He recalled his meeting with the heavyweight champion in London earlier this year, describing Joshua as a humble, well brought up young man, “who will still go places.”
President Buhari wished Joshua all the best in his dream fight against Tyson Fury coming next year, saying that he has the prayers and goodwill of Nigerians going with him.
This is coming few hours after unknown gunmen suspected to be kidnappers had attacked and abducted more than 600 students of Science Secondary School Kankara in Katsina state.
In his reaction, President Muhammadu Buhari strongly condemned the attack and charged the army and the police to go after the attackers to ensure that no student gets missing or harmed.