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Maiden Africa Cup Track: Beginning of betters things for cycling in Africa



Maiden Africa Cup Track: Beginning of betters things for cycling in Africa

Antonio piaglara, Union Cycling International Commissaires, said that the Africa Cup Track will open up Nigeria and Africa for other cycling championships in the near future.

Pagciara, who is in Nigeria to trained Nigerians in Track cycling said Nigeria has huge talent for the game.

He said with the velodrome at the National Stadium, Abuja, Nigeria can host world championships.

“ I was very surprise because I found a model status that is conformed to UCI regulation. But I know that the volodrome is not yet certify and this should be done as soon as possible.

“This structure is very modern and very good. I hope for the best for the Nigeria people and the Cycling Federation of Nigeria (CFN). I pray that the Africa Cup Track will be the first time but not the last.

“This competition will represent the beginning of a great cause for the future of the young riders and the future of Africa Cycling in general, Pagciara said.

Pagciara called on the Africa Confederation of African Cycling (CAC) to improve training of officials for track cycling in Africa and Nigeria adding that with the Abuja velodrome, CAC can host lot of competitions.

Recalled that the Velodrome Abuja is the only one in Africa and one of the best in the world.

The velodrome which was built in 2003 is going to be put to use for the first time after over 16 years of neglect

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Eid-el-Fitr: Buhari Asks Christians, Muslims To Jointly Pray Against Kidnapping, Banditry



President Muhammadu Buhari in his Eid-el-Fitr message to Nigerians asked both Christians and Muslims to unite and jointly pray against tragic incidents of kidnapping and banditry.

He also called for practices that promote brotherhood and forgiveness noting that unity and solidarity among all citizens is imperative especially at this time when Nigeria is faced with multiple challenges.

This was disclosed in a statement signed on Wednesday by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

“On this blessed occasion, I wish that the Eid festival brings with it peace, safety, security, brotherhood, and love amongst all.

 “Unity and solidarity among all citizens, Muslims, and Christians are imperative especially at a time when our country is faced with multiple challenges which are surmountable only when we come together as one.

“It is important that we remember how we share, through our faiths, common bonds that should serve to unite us and not allow ourselves to succumb to those who seek to divide us, using our two great religions, for their own selfish advantages.

“We should jointly pray against the tragic incidents of kidnapping and banditry and the desperate quest for political power expressed through blackmail against the existence of our country as a united entity.

“We must resist the temptation to retreat into our communities. I urge our political and religious leaders as well as traditional rulers to encourage our citizens to turn towards one another in love and compassion,” the statement read in part.

President Buhari said further that it is noteworthy and delightful to see “Christians breaking fast and in some instances, extending goodwill and gifts to Muslim faithful during the Ramadan.”

He added that “This model also shone through with Muslim groups joining Christian festivities. These are practices that promote brotherhood and forgiveness.”

The President, therefore, urged Nigerians to continue to observe all COVID-19 prevention measures and celebrate responsibly during the holidays.

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