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Photo: Jonathan and Patience pose with a cake to celebrate Super Eagles victory

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Photo: Jonathan and Patience pose with a cake to celebrate Super Eagles victory

by Stanley Azuakola

Yesterday was arguably the best day for Nigerians in a year. Nigerians forgot about their tribal, regional and religious differences to celebrate the victory of the Super Eagles at the just concluded African Cup of Nations in South Africa. What a proud moment it was: Nigeria, champions of Africa. All 160 million Nigerians believe that’s the way it should be, and the world was perfect on Sunday.

Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, away from the country on official assignment, said after the victory that he was “overjoyed at the stunning victory of the Super Eagles which has seen Nigeria emerge as the champions of the African Cup of Nations, 2013. Well done Patriots, you have done Nigeria proud. 2013 is obviously the year of Nigeria. We have emerged as a beacon of hope on the African continent by proving to Africa and the world that a strong Nigerian team put together and trained by a Nigerian coach can stand the test of time and successfully rise to the challenge of a most formidable opponent. The Nigerian spirit stands strong and steady as we march to the destination of greatness. I doff my fedora hat to this great squad that has brought laughter and happiness to our homes. Nigerians are grateful. We thank God. We thank you.”

We are still in celebratory mood, so we won’t go into an analysis of that statement. Let us just face the cake before us. The president and his travelling entourage, including the visibly happy Dame Patience Jonathan, cut a celebratory cake. Below is the picture. Please ignore that it is grainy. We are happy…

GEJ and Dame

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