President Buhari Urges New Ambassadors To Serve With Uttermost Dedication And Pride
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the newly appointed ambassadors to go out and represent the nation with uttermost dedication and pride.
Speaking virtually from the State House on Tuesday at the Induction/Orientation Exercise For Ambassadors-Designate, Consuls-General and Charge’ D’ Affaires Entitre held at the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) auditorium, Buhari told the diplomats to fight in order to protect Nigerians living abroad.
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.”
The President also told the new ambassadors to be mindful of the nine (9) priorities that guide the government foreign policy.
These priorities include building sustainable economy, security, education, health, fight against corruption among others.
“I, therefore, urge all of you to be guided by these identified priority goals, as well as your various Station Charters which highlight specific mandates and guidelines on government’s expectation. We expect you to fight hard for Nigeria and for Nigerians abroad.
“You must strive to promote trade, human capacity development, foreign direct investment and other areas of cooperation with countries at national and multilateral levels to support our national growth and development,’’ the president said.