The Labour Party presidential candidate in 2023, Peter Obi, has offered the Super Eagles of Nigeria his support and prayers in the quarter-final tie with Angola.
Obi has joined other Nigerians at the Ivory Coast in support of the players as they hope to advance to the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final clash against Angola this evening.
Nigeria is currently leading 1-0 after Ademola Lookman netted the ball with the assistance of Moses Simon in the first half.
Speaking during an interview with Arise TV on Friday, Obi said the players have done well, noting that their success so far was his motivation for being in Ivory Coast to witness the match.
The former Anambra governor, who praised the efforts of the players, however, called for more investment in sports for the development to foster more success on the global stage.
Obi said; “The country needs to do more to have more stars but what they have done so far is commendable. They have all my prayers and support and all my prayers are for their success and the country because their success is the success of the country.
“As you know they have become one of our most united forms and it’s critical that we invest in them. Countries like Brazil have used sport critically for development. It is an area of development that we need to invest in.
“When we talk about investment, we are talking about health, education and pulling people out of poverty and that includes investing in sport.
“We can do a lot with sport. Congratulations to Nigeria, they’ve done very well and that is the reason why I’m here like every other ordinary Nigerian. We need to do more.”