President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday met with Nigerians residing in Spain on the sidelines of his official go to, pledging that Nigeria will proceed to defend the pursuits of its nationals residing overseas.
The Diaspora workforce, which met with the President included John Bosco, President of the affiliation, his deputy, Richard Omoregbe, Tremendous Eagles participant who plies his commerce with Leganes FC in Madrid, Kenneth Omeruo, Obinna Okafor, a soccer agent, Mohammed Bashir, a pupil of Aviation, Segun Adedoyin, finding out World Affairs, and Brilliant Omorodion, a businessman.
President Buhari in a press release by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, advised the Nigerians in diaspora, whom he described as ambassadors of the nation in Spain: “A lot of you might be right here for various causes, some for a satisfying profession in sports activities, particularly in soccer from the place you earn respectable incomes to maintain yourselves in addition to keep your prolonged households in Nigeria together with investments again house. A few of you might be engaged in different companies which have enhanced your socio-economic standing, each right here and at house. Extra importantly, by way of your dedication to your numerous callings, you’ve got enhanced the identify and picture of our nation, thereby, incomes Nigeria respect in Spain.
“I’ve additionally been knowledgeable of how law-abiding you might be right here in Spain. I want to encourage you to proceed to be function fashions for our youth again house in addition to maintain the picture of being glorious Ambassadors of Nigeria in Spain and stay peacefully within the numerous communities through which you reside right here.”
President Buhari, whom Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Fee (NiDCOM) described as “probably the most Diaspora-loving President” then defined why he established the Fee:
“As I’ve at all times carried out every time I’m overseas, I want to reassure all of you in Spain, of the willpower of the Federal Authorities of Nigeria, to proceed to stay engaged with our compatriots within the diaspora, for extra purposeful partnerships that impression our nation and folks, it’s within the quest for actualising this goal that I established the Diaspora Fee to offer focus to the administration of this partnership that results in a win-win state of affairs for Nigeria, at house and overseas.
“I imagine that you’re conscious of how vital your character, conduct and comportment in your day by day actions outline your roles as Ambassadors and picture promoters of Nigeria overseas. As you carry out this accountability, I encourage you to embrace purposeful investments again house. Such investments may be monetary or by way of your abilities and expertise which may help mould and develop our youths.
“On the a part of the Federal Authorities, Nigeria will proceed to aggressively shield and defend the pursuits of all Nigerians overseas, particularly the law-abiding compatriots.”
The President touched on the numerous challenges dealing with the nation, assuring that the Authorities wouldn’t relaxation on its oars in surmounting them.
“Regardless of our quite a few challenges at house, such because the containment of terrorist actions and different types of threats to our nationwide safety in addition to the devastating impression of the COVID-19 pandemic, our authorities continues to work assiduously to sort out challenges of infrastructural improvement, energy, water, transportation, housing, and so forth with a view to creating the enabling atmosphere for our collective prosperity.
“Our unity in range has at all times been our energy. I subsequently name on all Nigerians, together with these of you within the Diaspora, to affix palms with us in constructing the Nigeria we desperately need,” he added.
Speaking politics, President Buhari stated the nation has began the method resulting in nationwide elections in 2023, noting that authorities is working tirelessly to make sure that the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee delivers credible, free and truthful elections and a clean transition to the following democratic authorities.
“That is with a view to concretizing our democracy and being an instance to different African nations,” he acknowledged.
Senior authorities officers with the President on the occasion, other than Dabiri-Erewa, had been Ministers of International Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Youth and Sports activities, Sunday Dare, Info and Tradition, Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Spain, Ademola Seriki, and Particular Assistant to the President on Sports activities, Daniel Amokachi.
Tremendous Eagles participant, Kenneth Omeruo, offered President Buhari with a soccer and jersey in appreciation of the Nigerian chief’s help for sports activities, particularly the nationwide workforce, Tremendous Eagles.