Buhari Calls for Foreign Support over Insecurity - Focus News


Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Buhari Calls for Foreign Support over Insecurity

President Muhammadu Buhari welcomes the just appointed foreign commissioners to the country, urges them to maintain the strong collaboration of the two countries, and also encourages work within the cubicle of their profession.

The newly appointed ambassador of Canada James Kingston Christoff and Ambassador Juan Alfred Miranda Oritz of Mexico arrived at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday to submit their Letters of Credence to the Presidency.

At their reception today, Mr. President commended the collaboration between Nigeria and foreign countries has helped greatly in fighting terrorism in the country, using the medium to seek more global support to kick out the insurgency, banditry, and kidnapping in the country.

He said the landmark success recorded so far in fighting insecurity cannot but with foreign support.

In a statement released by his media aide, Femi Adesina reveals that “The devastating effect of global insecurity, climate change, and the post-COVID-19 era has devastated global economies. Nations continue to struggle to recover from these multiple global challenges.

“The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine has undermined the progress countries have achieved in tackling food security in the last decade. While, the political instability in Libya continues to fuel terrorism in the Sahel, as well as scuttle democratic sustenance in both West and Central African regions.

“Nigeria is not left out of the equation, as we are fighting to rid our country of banditry, kidnapping, herder/farmer crisis, and insurgency. We are, however, making meaningful progress with the support of friendly countries like yours to sustain these fights until we overcome these challenges.

The President urged the high commissioners to understudy political development in Nigeria as the country is fast approaching the national elections in 2023 and added that they should be within the frame of their professional ethics.

“As the drums of campaign begin to rise, I urge you to be guided by diplomatic practice to ensure that your activities remain within the limits of your profession as you monitor the build-up to the elections and the conduct of the general elections”, he said.

He encouraged them to work within the boundary of their profession and build on the successes of their past predecessors.

“The task before you require you both to build on the successes of your predecessors and further make efforts in the expansion and advancement of the cordial bilateral relations and cooperation between Nigeria and your respective countries. These relations as you all know, span across political, socio-economic, and cultural spheres, that have over time benefitted our people.

“I am confident that, in carrying out your diplomatic responsibilities in the course of your tour of duties, you will spare time to appreciate the uniqueness and strength in our country’s cultural diversities, in terms of both human and natural resources, as well as the flora and fauna across the country,’’ the President noted, while calling for more collaboration to check terrorism, banditry, and insurgency.

He said the cultural diversity of Nigeria “represents our pride as a nation and identity as a people,’’ while urging the diplomats to also build friendships and acquaintances in the course of their stay in the country.

Speaking on behalf of the other Ambassadors, the Canadian Ambassador expresses his gratitude to the President for the ceremony of accepting the Letters of Credence. He added that they will ensure to build relationships and work in the interest of the two countries.

In his words, he said, “Today marks the formal beginning of our engagement with the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We will work closely with ministers and officials to start a progressive relationship”.

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