Abuja - Ishaq Akintola, the director of Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), said the Golden Eaglets' triumph at the FIFA U-17 World Cup could enhance Nigeria’s unity.
In a statement on Sunday in Lagos, Akintola said that the feat had shown that in efforts to achieve national unity, there must be social justice, equal rights and rule of law.
He noted that the victorious Golden Eaglets team, which comprised Christians and Muslims as well as various ethnic groups like Hausa, Ibo and Yoruba, was an indication that Nigerians could achieve a lot if they were united.
"The combinations of Kelechi Ihenacho, Awoniyi, Chidera Ezeh, Dele Alampasu , Musa Yahaya, Mohammed the captain, Abdullahi Alfa, put aside religious and ethnic sentiments.
"The young Nigerians, who did Nigeria proud in Abu Dhabi, have demonstrated the fact that unity is what we need to move this country forward.
"The body language of these young heroes has communicated an important message to Nigerians: that our youths possess great potential and should be given the opportunity to showcase their various skills in different fields.
"The feat achieved by these young boys has revealed that Nigeria’s hope lies in its youths and in order to bring out the best in the young ones, they must be given the best education,” he said.
Akintola, however, urged the government at all levels to give priority attention to youth development efforts.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Golden Eaglets won the FIFA U-17 World Cup for the fourth time after trouncing Mexico 3-0 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), on Friday.