President Jonathan and his team reacted swiftly to the victory of Super Eagles, posting this short, but emotional letter on Facebook:
“I am overjoyed at the stunning victory of the Super Eagles which has seen Nigeria emerge as the champions of the African Cup of Nations, 2013.
“Well done Patriots, you have done Nigeria proud.
“2013 is obviously the year of Nigeria.
“We have emerged as a beacon of hope on the African continent by proving to Africa and the world that a strong Nigerian team put together and trained by a Nigerian coach can stand the test of time and successfully rise to the challenge of a most formidable opponent.
“The Nigerian spirit stands strong and steady as we march to the destination of greatness. I doff my fedora hat to this great squad that has brought laughter and happiness to our homes.
“Nigerians are grateful. We thank God. We thank you.