President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigeria’s new ambassadors to project the country as a great land for investment and good people.
The President spoke at the State House in Abuja during the virtual induction/orientation for the ambassadors-designate, consuls-general and Charge’ D’ Affaires Entitre at the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) auditorium.
“You have all been nominated and appointed after a rigorous selection process with due consideration to your personal and professional qualities. The primary responsibilities of Nigeria in the countries you are posted to rests on you. I urge you to go out and serve with uttermost dedication and pride.
“You must not forget that you have been posted to respective bilateral and multilateral missions, to represent and project Nigeria as a great and indivisible nation and a very attractive investment destination.
“As ambassadors of our country, your comportment, courage, conduct and ability to multi task must be exemplary. Humility and firmness are attributes that can earn you and your country respect and recognition. These attributes must remain with every one of you in fulfilment of your duties,” he said.
President Buhari reminded the ambassadors of his administration’s nine priority areas of building a thriving and sustainable economy, ensuring poverty reduction, food security and fight against corruption, among others.
Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said the thrust of President Buhari’s foreign policy was defined at the inception of the administration in 2015 as good “neighbourliness, diplomacy and engagement”.
“The result of the ‘Buhari doctrine’ is that Mr. President is in good terms with all countries of the world, and this will make your jobs easier,” he added.