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YOUR MANDATES ABROAD — What Buhari Told Newly Appointed Ambassadors

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President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the newly appointed ambassadors to fight hard, and protect Nigerians living abroad. Buhari made this known on Tuesday during the Induction/Orientation Exercise For Ambassadors-Designate, Consuls-General, and Charge’ D’ Affaires Entitre held at the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) auditorium. The President who joined the event virtually, urged the new ambassadors to go out and represent the nation with utmost dedication and pride. He said: “You have all been nominated and appoint 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 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 fulfillment of your duties.” Buhari said the Federal Government has identified nine priority areas to guide its foreign policy- cutting across health, corruption, transportation, security, education among others, urging the ambassadors to be guided also by these. “I, therefore, urge all of you to be guided by these identified priority goals as well as your various station chatters which highlight specific mandates and guidelines on government’s expectations. We expect you to fight hard for Nigeria and Nigerians abroad. “You must strive to promote trade, human capacity development foreign direct investments and other areas of cooperation with countries at national and multilateral levels, to support our national growth and development.” President Buhari made reference to how COVID-19 has ravaged the world and the need to thread carefully and embrace the new norm. “You all are Aware that for some time now, national and global resources have continued to shrink, a situation compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. One event, one virus, has changed the world order. Our world will never be the same again. But we will continue to innovate and cope with the new norm in order to contain the catastrophic consequences of this pandemic. “The world must resolutely commit itself to global concerted actions to fight and defeat this common…

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