The Governor of Kebbi State, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, on Tuesday met with Nigerian national team player Zaidu Muhammed Sanusi, a native of the state who plays for FC Porto in Europe.
Bagudu, who happily hosted Zaidu Sanusi at the Government House in Birnin Kebbi, also described his achievements in world football.
He said: “It brings a true reputation in Kebbi State, especially in Nigeria as a whole. He is more popular than the governor of Kebbi State.
“And we are very happy about that so that you can inspire young people to be like you.
“Thank you. We are all FC Porto fans today and I am very happy to welcome you today.”
According to Bagudu, Zaidu Sanusi’s great achievements are also a testament to what God has done for the state.
The Kebbi State governor also said international sports could be a measure of competition.
“We must thank God Almighty, I pray that you will work to encourage millions of other young people here in Kebbi and other parts of Nigeria.
“Every time FC Porto plays, I send a lot of messages, our team will play, hopefully, you will watch,” said Bagudu”, he said
The chairman of the APC Governors Association also described sports as an important tool for international development, cooperation, and a crucial step.
He said sports were adding value to the state and Nigeria, as music and entertainment do, adding, “athletes are often more popular than governors and rulers.
Bagudu challenged the youths of the state to take advantage of Zaidu’s opportunities, saying, “discipline, hard work, and competition have taken him to where he is now.”
Bagudu also highlighted the various achievements of his administration in the field of sports and expressed satisfaction that the state is currently the largest, both at home and abroad, including beach football where it excels famous.
Earlier, FC Porto player Zaidu Sanusi thanked the governor for his hospitality.
He also commended Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu for his tireless efforts in promoting football in the state.
“I am pleased to be shown that you are the governor of the state who inspires the youth to excel in sports, especially football,” he said.
Sanusi then called on Governor Bagudu to continue to support the development of football in the state by providing quality stadiums and modern sports facilities.
Highlights of the visit included Zaidu Sanusi’s greetings to Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu.