Weeks after Nigeria’s brilliant outing at the just concluded Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil, Team Nigeria Paralympic athletes have cried out to President Mohammadu Buhari not to forget them by appreciating their heroic performance.
One of the athletes, Lauritta Onye, Paralympics and World champion, who won gold at the Rio Games said weeks after they had returned from Brazil where they won 8 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze medals to redeem Nigeria’s name, the Federal Government had not made any pronouncement on their performance.
“We went to Rio with the determination to win and we conquered, now nobody is saying anything about our performance. It is sad.
“We are begging President Mohammadu Buhari to receive us and accord us the necessary recognition.” Onye stated.
Also speaking in the same vein, Flora Ogwunwa, another Gold Medalist and world champion who set a new world and Paralympics record also pleaded with the authorities concerned to give the heroic Paralympians the attention they deserve.
According to her, the Paralympics athletes had done their best by winning laurels and uplifting the name of the country.
“It is now left for the government to play their own part by hosting and rewarding us accordingly.
“We went, saw and conquered, so the Federal Government should also play their part by hosting and rewarding us. We are tired of this waiting game. After all, it is said that justice delayed is justice denied.”
Team Captain, Lucy Ejike who also won Gold medal for Nigeria added her own voice, while pleading with the Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung to forward their case to President Mohammadu Buhari for speedy action.
It would be recalled that Nigeria went to Rio 2016 Paralympic Games with 23 athletes and 6 coaches to win a total of 12 medals; 8 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze medals that saw them set new world records.