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By Jacob Kubeka (ABUJA) –

President Muhammadu Buhari today at the State House, Abuja, hosted two outgoing Ambassadors, thanking them for their efforts in cementing relations between Nigeria and their respective countries.

In the farewell audiences with the Nigerian president, the outgoing Ambassadors Angola and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), also had kind words to say about their tour of duty in Nigeria.

His Excellency, Dr Eustaquio Januario Quibato of Republic of Angola thanked the President for the “wise leadership you’ve been giving to Nigeria,” for being the Champion of Anti-Corruption in Africa, and for degrading the Boko Haram insurgency group.

The outgoing Ambassador also lauded President Buhari for repositioning the Nigerian economy to be less import dependent.

President Buhari recalled the role Nigeria played in the liberation of Angola, noting that the country uses its size and resources to help sister African nations as much as possible.

He said despite the rash of military coups in some parts of the continent, “democracy is still the best option.”

In another audience, President Buhari received the outgoing Ambassador of United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dr Fahad Obaid Al Taffaq, saying he was quite glad that Nigeria made a good impression on him, as he stated in his remarks.

President Buhari with the outgoing Ambassador of United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dr Fahad Obaid Al Taffaq

Recalling that he had been well received anytime he visited UAE, President Buhari assured that the two countries will continue to improve on their relationship, “as we have so much in common.”

Dr Taffaq equally pledged that the two countries will continue to work “on the details of our relationship,” adding that he made lots of friends in government, the private sector, and civil society, in his five-year stay.

He said he traveled extensively in Nigeria, and has come to understand the diversity and culture of the people.

“I am leaving with beautiful memories. I will continue to be close to Nigeria in different capacities,” the Ambassador promised.

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