By Citizens Platform
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has described the death of Nigerian Paralympian gold medallist, Mrs. Joy Onaolapo as a big loss to the nation.
According to a statement released by presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati on Thursday, Jonathan said he received the news of the death of the medallist in the London 2012 Paralympics with shock, noting that she was among those who made Nigeria very proud at the games.
He recalled meeting the deceased at the reception hosted by the FG in honour of the Paralympic medallists at the State House, Abuja last year, saying, “It was indeed remarkable and very inspiring that she did not allow her physical challenge to stop her from reaching for the best in her sporting life.”
The nation’s number one citizen also added that Mrs. Onaolapo’s commitment and determination at the games and in life were worthy of emulation.
It reads in part: “As preparations are underway for the burial of the Nigerian Paralympics heroine in the 52 kilogram power-lifting category, President Jonathan commiserates with her family, the government and people of Edo State, members of the Nigeria Power Lifting Federation (NPLF) and the entire sporting community.
“As we mourn the untimely transition of our beloved sister, let us be consoled by the knowledge that Mrs. Onaolapo’s feat would forever remain fresh in our memory.”
Jonathan added that the country would always remember those who bring honour to the nation.
He also prayed for God Almighty to grant the soul of the departed peaceful rest and give grace and comfort to the Onaolapo family.
Source: Citizens Platform
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