In line with the tradition preceding Commonwealth games, President Muhammadu Buhari today received the Queens Baton Relay from the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare.
In a short ceremony held at the forecourt of the Presidential villa, the President was represented by the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. After receiving the Queen’s baton, Prof. Osinbajo proceeded on the ceremonial relay accompanied by the Minister and other Sporting officials.
The Minister in his remarks stated that it was an honour to present the Queen’s baton for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games to President Buhari. “This is another remarkable milestone of the Commonwealth Games Federation, which signifies peace, unity and love among the comity of nations. We are glad to be associated with this iconic event of hosting the Queen’s Baton Relay, which is equivalent to the Olympic Torch Relay”, Dare added.
Dare noted that Nigeria is the third country to receive the Queen’s Baton Relay after which it will tour 15 African Countries before moving to Asia.
President Buhari acknowledged the unifying spirit behind the Commonwealth Games, stating it strengthens the longstanding bond between Commonwealth Countries. He emphasised Nigeria had won about 240 medals since inception, and is poised to increase the medals haul in Birmingham, next year.
Dignitaries that witnessed the event include President Muhammadu Buhari represented by his Vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Ismaila Abubakar, Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC) President, Mr Abu Gomel, Political Adviser to the British Deputy High Commissioner, Wale Adenajo amongst others.