Jubilations as President Tinubu’s horse, ‘Renewed Hope’ emerges fastest horse in Africa


President Bola Tinubu’s horse, named “Renewed Hope,” has once again proven itself as the fastest horse in Africa by winning the 2024 edition of the horse racing tournament in Bida, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.

The tournament was organized by the Horse Racing Federation of Nigeria and Renewed Hope has been the defending champion for the past three years, having also claimed victory in the 2022 and 2023 editions.

During the closing ceremony, Governor Mohammed Umaru-Bago of Niger State congratulated the president’s horse for its first-place finish and praised the federation for promoting unity through the event.

Governor Bago also thanked the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, and the coordinators of the federation for their continued support in keeping the annual horse racing tradition alive in Bida.

In his remarks, the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, said efforts would be intensified to strengthen the cultural norms and values of the people through sports.

According to Etsu Nupe, who is also the Chairman, Niger Council of Traditional Rulers, it is necessary to prevent the cultures and traditions from going extinct.

”The race, which is traditional in nature, further provided an opportunity for the display of cultures as various cultural activities were on display,” the Etsu Nupe added.

Abubakar, who described horse racing as a historic event, expressed joy that it was fast gaining acceptance in the emirate.

He called on the residents to take full advantage of the economic opportunities of horse racing, especially as the riders from other states and countries participated.

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He explained that the sport was not only unique but portrayed that animals could be controlled.

The Etsu Nupe acknowledged the diligent planning and execution of the event, saying, ” It encourages sportsmanship and bolsters unity of the country, Africa and the world.

He said, ”This event also boosts the socio-economic development of Bida, Niger and Nigeria as a whole. We will sustain this enviable feat.

”We are happy that this is the fourth edition of this event and it has been successful. The next edition holds in Kaduna on June 26, In sha Allahu.”

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