Buhari pledges Nigeria’s commitment to peace in Africa
President receives Equatorial Guinea highest national honour
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that Nigeria would continue to work towards sustaining peace and stability in the continent.
He gave the commitment in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, where he was conferred with the highest national honour of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea for his personal integrity, exemplary leadership style and courage to fight terrorism in order to ensure peace and safety in Africa.
The honour of “Gran Collar De La Orden De La Independencia” translated “Grand Collar of the Order of the Independence” was conferred on President Buhari by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea at the presidential palace.
At the investiture ceremony, Buhari said the recognition was for the people of Nigeria who had worked tirelessly to sustain peace in the country and across other neighbouring countries in Africa.
“On behalf of my country, Nigeria, and the people, I will like to express profound gratitude for the honour given to me and my people. The reality of the situation now is that there had never been a time in history for greater neighbourliness, security and economic stability than now”, he said.
The President, who stated that African countries must strive to co-operate more to find workable solutions that will facilitate rapid socio-economic development on the continent, pledged that under his leadership, Nigeria would continue to make significant contributions to peace, political stability and progress in Africa.
Meanwhile, President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea said that the honour was conferred on President Buhari for his “personal integrity, exemplary leadership style and courage to fight terrorism in order to ensure peace and safety in Africa”.
President Mbasogo, who assured that Nigeria would always support efforts of ensuring the socio-political and economic stability of its neighbours and the entire African continent, said it was an honour for his country to confer the highest national honour on President Buhari on his first visit to the country.
He said: “We are here to recognise the son of the soil. On this occasion, we deem it fit and appropriate to decorate the son of Africa for the great work he is doing in Africa.”
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