President Jonathan Receives Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton.

President Goodluck Jonathan received the Queen’s Baton at an event held at the forecourt of Aso Rock presidential villa on Monday ahead of Nigeria’s participation in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in July.

Vice President Namadi Sambo, other top government and the National Sports Commission officials and the Commonwealth Games delegation, were present at the brief event.

The Queen's Baton Relay Arrives In Nigeria. Photo: OP via PM News.
The Queen’s Baton Relay Arrives In Nigeria. Photo: OP via PM News.

President Jonathan expressed optimism concerning Nigeria’s performance in the Glasgow Games which begins on July 23 and ends August 3. He hopes Nigeria will build on the successes attained in the previous edition.

President Jonathan Glad for Nigeria's Participation in the Queen's Baton Relay.
President Jonathan Glad for Nigeria’s Participation in the Queen’s Baton Relay.

Dressed in a white track and suit for the event, Mr President added he was happy the country is fully involved in the Queen’s Baton Relay for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, which was flagged off by Queen Elizabeth 2 at Burkingham Palace in October.

President Jonathan Receives the Queen's Baton from the Sports Minister. Photo: OP via PM News.
President Jonathan Receives the Queen’s Baton from the Sports Minister. Photo: OP via PM News.

Sports Minister, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi handed the baton to President Jonathan, who passed it on to Senator Bala Mohammed (the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory) late on, for its journey to the other parts of the FCT.

The baton will arrive in Lagos on Tuesday, before its onward journey to neighbouring West African state of Cameroon.

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