Today President Muhammadu Buhari welcomed the female National Basketball Team, and African Champions, D’Tigress, to the State House in Abuja.
The Cable reports that the President gave N1 million each to members of D’Tigress female basketball team and also gave team officials N500,000 each.
Buhari made the announcement at the commencement the weekly federal executive council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday – the first he would attend since he returned from his medical leave in the UK.
On Sunday, D’Tigress emerged champions of the 2017 FIBA Women’s Afrobasket tournament.
The 2017 FIBA AfroBasket Tournament win is first for Nigeria in 12 years.
They clinched the title after defeating the Senegal team 65-48 in the final.
Aisha Mohammed, team captain, said the cash reward from the president would encourage them to win gold next year in Spain.
Also, Musa Ahmadu Kid, president of Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBF), said the team won because of the “democratic process that has returned to the federation”.
He further expressed optimism that the team could achieve the same success when they go to Spain.