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Aisha Buhari Encourages Girls To Embrace Sports

The wife of the President of Nigeria, Mrs Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerian girls to embrace football as a career path.

She made the statement while receiving the President of FIFA, Mr Gianni Infantino at the State House on Thursday 16th September 2021.

Aisha said the advantages of football spreads across the Coaches, Officials, and Administrators on the one side, family members and the society on the other.

She stated that with Football, we have opportunity to influence and increase positive attitudes towards gender equality and development.

According to Aliyu Abdullahi, Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, the First Lady was quoted as saying “I collaborated with the NFF to promote women football in Nigeria and worldwide through the Aisha Buhari Football Tournament, to build on the gains achieved so far and to create additional opportunities for the girl-child. I therefore call on FIFA, CAF, and NFF to show more support and encouragement to female players both at local and international levels” .

The President of FIFA, Mr. Gianni Infantino had earlier commended the First Lady for her leadership role in women empowerment.

Mr. Infantino further expressed strong conviction that the Aisha Buhari tournament will serve as an example of women empowerment worthy of emulation around the world, adding that it will also “unite the world a little bit more".

The FIFA President was accompanied by the President of Confederation of African Football (CAF) Mr Patrice Motsepe, the President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Mr Amaju Pinnick and other officials of FIFA, CAF, and NFF.

The meeting was attended by the wife of the Vice President of Nigeria, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, the Honourable Minister of Women Affairs, and that of Sports and Youth Development, Dame Pauline Tallen and Sunday Dare.

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