by Stanley Azuakola
Before the Super Eagles qualified for the finals of the ongoing African Cup of Nations in South Africa, the news was that if they managed to pull off the feat and qualify, the president himself, Goodluck Jonathan, would be in South Africa to watch them and give them psychological support and “boost morale.”
It appears that the president would not be able to make the trip as he is still on an official trip which has taken him to Cairo and London. Paris will follow next. According to a statement, “urgent official commitments in London and Paris” will make the president unable to witness the final match.
But he has set up an official government delegation to go cheer the Eagles.
The “high-powered delegation” would be led by the President of the Senate, Senator David Mark.
Other members of the morale-boosting delegation are Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State, Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State, Prof. Viola Onwuliri (the minister of state for Foreign Affairs), Navy Cap. Caleb Olubolade (the Minister of Police Affairs) and Ambassador Bashir Yuguda (the Minister of State for Works).
Their responsibility would be to “reassure the team of the president’s full support.”