Dabiri-Erewa hails Ezeajughi’s re-election as UK mayor, Ajagba’s U.S. boxing victory

Dabiri-Erewa hails Ezeajughi’s re-election as UK mayor, Ajagba’s U.S. boxing victory

Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), has congratulated Nigerian-born scientist, Ernest Ezeajughi, who was elected to serve a second term as the Mayor of Brent in UK.


She also commended Nigerian boxer, Efe Ajagba. for defeating his American opponent, Jonnie Rice, in a keenly contested bout on Saturday night at the Bubble in Las Vegas, Nevada.


The congratulatory messages were conveyed in two separate statements issued on Sunday by NIDCOM Head of Media and Public Relations, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, in Abuja.


Dabiri-Erewa said the re-election of Ezeajughi was a testimony to his outstanding performance during his first term, which earned him the respect of the people.


She advised him to continue to impact positively on the constituents, particularly those who gave him the mandate, by living up to their expectations.


The NiDCOM boss urged other Nigerians living abroad to emulate the friendly disposition of Ezeajughi which endeared him to the residents of Brent.


The re-election followed the first ever virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the council.


Ezeajughi was first elected Mayor in 2019 and he reportedly provided quality service delivery in his first term.


In a related development, the NiDCOM boss also hailed Efe Ajagba for defeating Jonnie Rice.


She said that Ajagba’s victory over the American boxer was not only a thing of pride to Nigerians, but also to Africa as a whole.


“I congratulate you on this wonderful feat, for winning this tensed but historical fight.


“We are truly proud of you and urge you to continue to use your professional prowess to extol the virtues of Nigerian heritage.


“Your shinning beacon serves as inspiration to the youths of Nigeria.


“Your victory is also a testimony to the fact that Nigerians are great people, contributing in many ways to the development of the country and the continent as a whole,” she said.


Dabiri-Erewa noted with satisfaction that in spite of the challenges which faced 26-year-old Ajagba in his career, he had remained determined, focused and never allowed the challenges to lure him into any form of criminality or depression.


This is only the second time Ajagba would be winning a fight via a 10-round unanimous decision.


While Ajagba has had it ‘easier’ in most of his other fights, he was pushed to the limits against Rice; claiming a ten-round unanimous decision over the 33-year-old American boxer.

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