Nigeria is committed to peace in Africa, says Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that Nigeria would continue to work towards sustaining peace and stability in Africa.
He gave the commitment on Monday 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, for security and economic stability than now.’
The President said that as African countries faced common challenges, they must strive to cooperate more to find workable solutions that will facilitate rapid socio-economic development on the continent.
Buhari pledged that under his leadership, Nigeria will continue to make significant contributions to peace, political stability and progress in Africa.
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”.
He assured that Nigeria would always support efforts to ensure the socio-political and economic stability of its neighbours and the entire African continent.
Earlier in his remarks, President Mbasogo said it was an honour for his country to confer the Highest National Honour on President Buhari on his first visit to the country.
“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, which includes tackling a great menace to the continent, Boko Haram, ” he said.
The President pledged his country’s support for Nigeria in the fight against insurgency and other security challenges.
“We deemed it fit and appropriate to honour this son of Africa for the great work he is doing, which includes tackling Boko Haram, a great menace to the continent,” President Mbasogo said.