President Muhammadu Buhari, during a meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, reminded foreign government representatives not to interfere in Nigeria’s internal affairs ahead of the upcoming general elections. He made this statement while receiving Letters of Credence from Ambassadors of Switzerland, Sweden, the Republic of Ireland, the Kingdom of Thailand, the Republic of Senegal, and the Republic of South Sudan.
President Buhari, through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, instructed the newly appointed foreign diplomats to limit their activities and concerns to their specific roles and reasons for being sent to Nigeria. He urged them to follow diplomatic protocol to ensure their actions align with their profession, particularly as they monitor the lead-up to the elections and the conduct of the polls. The President also expressed his desire for the ambassadors to enjoy Nigeria’s unique culture and nature as they travel across the country. Additionally, he informed the ambassadors that Nigeria is actively working with ECOWAS to address security concerns in the West African region and implementing strategies to prevent unconstitutional changes in government within the region.
President Buhari urged countries to work together to tackle issues in West Africa, including insecurity, corruption, economic diversification, and good governance. He acknowledged the positive relationships and cooperation between Nigeria and these nations, praising the efforts of previous ambassadors. He also emphasized the importance of a dedicated and committed approach in order to achieve mutual benefit. The ambassadors expressed their support for peaceful, fair elections in Nigeria and wished the President well in his remaining time in office.
Source: Vanguard News