Why Niger Republic named road after President Buhari – Presidency – Newsdiaryonline

by Ismaila Chafe

The Presidency said on Thursday that the naming of a road after President Muhammadu Buhari in the Republic of Niger is a sign of the tremendous respect Nigeria’s neighbors hold for him.

Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, made the disclosure shortly after inaugurating a major road named after Buhari in Nigeria’s capital, Niamey.

Shehu said the President of the Republic of Niger, Mohamed Bajoun, accompanied by the mayor of Niamey and other officials, took Buhari on a tour of the 3.8-kilometer boulevard inaugurated in line with the country’s constitutional provisions.

The presidential aide quoted Buhari as expressing satisfaction at the current bilateral relations between Nigeria and its neighbours.

Buhari expressed confidence that such ties have helped immensely especially in the areas of combating border insecurity, illegal arms importation and smuggling.

Shehu said that Buhari, after taking office in 2015, initiated stronger dialogue with neighboring Niger, Benin, Chad and Cameroon, an approach that has resulted in positive diplomatic relations of mutual interest to the two countries.

“President Buhari has deep respect for our neighbors, and he understands the essence of good neighbourhood.

Prior to this administration, some of these countries complained that they were not even spoken to by the Nigerian leadership. We have started talks with them and it is paying off.

“We are partnering with them on essential matters, especially security, tackling smuggling and illegal arms imports, so the partnership is complete,” Shehu said.

The president’s aides believed that Bubri would leave behind a solid relationship built on a solid rock with Nigeria’s neighbors on May 29, 2023, and is expected to be built upon by his successor.

The Nigerian leader is in Niamey to join other leaders on the continent for the African Union (AU) summit on industrialization and economic diversification. (NAN)

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