Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed has hailed the endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari by world leaders during the 71st session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.
In a statement issued in Lagos yesterday, the minister said it was delightful to hear from world leaders that President Buhari’s determined and committed leadership as well as his integrity have given Nigeria a positive image in the comity of nations.
The statement reads: ‘’These three areas (economy, security and the fight against corruption) are the priorities of the Buhari’s administration, and its efforts have not gone unnoticed globally, despite the attempts by naysayers to pull the wool over the eyes of Nigerians. “World leaders, including United State (U.S.) President Barrack Obama, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, French President Francois Hollande and Switzerland’s President Johann Schneider-Ammann all, took turns to extol President Buhari’s leadership.
‘’This should be a source of hope and pride to Nigerians, who have borne the brunt of the difficulties associated with the current economic downturn as well as the country’s negative global image in the past. While thanking Nigerians for their perseverance, there is no doubt that by continuing to give their unalloyed support to the President, they will be ensuring that these tough times will not last.’’
The minister said the fact that the President was able to highlight and seek a global rallying point on critical issues issues during his trip will have a positive effect on the country.
The statement further reads: ‘’The President sent ‘a clear and direct message’ to world leaders on such issues as poverty, climate change, terrorism, plight of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) arising from Boko Haram activities, diversification of the economy and the creation of enabling environment for Foreign Direct Investment in Nigeria.
‘’The timing of the President’s message and the platform in which he highlighted those issues could not have been more apt, and this will undoubtedly complement the Administration’s efforts at tackling those key issues.’’