President Bola Tinubu has instructed Vice-President Kashim Shettima to lead a presidential delegation to the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Côte d’Ivoire. Stanley Nkwocha, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Communications, Office of the Vice-President, made this announcement in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.

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Shettima will lead the delegation to Abidjan ahead of the AFCON final, where the Super Eagles will face hosts Côte d’Ivoire in a rematch at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium on Sunday, February 11. Nkwocha mentioned that the match would evoke memories of Nigeria’s 1-0 victory against the hosts in the group stage, secured through Captain William Troost-Ekong’s penalty.

Tinubu believes that Shettima’s presence at the finals, along with the delegation, demonstrates the government’s unwavering support for the team and dedication to their success.

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“The Federal Government calls on all Nigerians, both at home and abroad, to unite in support of the Super Eagles. The government also urges all Nigerians to raise their voices in encouragement, creating a wave of national pride that will propel the team to glory,” Nkwocha stated.

It is noted that Shettima previously represented the President at the semi-finals when the Eagles defeated South Africa in an intense encounter.