President Muhammadu Buhari has once again called on foreign diplomats in the country to abide by the limits of their profession and not meddle in Nigeria’s domestic politics as the nation heads towards general elections in less than 2 months.

According to the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the warning was given by the president on Thursday while receiving Letters of Credence from the Ambassadors of Switzerland, Sweden, the Republic of Ireland, the Kingdom of Thailand, the Republic of Senegal and the Republic of South Sudan at the State House, Abuja.

Buhari asked the new foreign diplomats to keep their activities and concerns within the limits of their calling and the reasons why they were sent to Nigeria.

what the president says

  • Buhari at the event said: ”I urge you to be guided by diplomatic practice to ensure that your activities remain within the confines of your profession while overseeing the preparation of the elections and the conduct of the general election itself.
  • “I wish them every success in their respective tours of duty, and at the same time, I encourage them to take time to enjoy the unique nature and culture available to them as they travel our country.”

The president also told envoys that Nigeria is working closely with ECOWAS to address insecurity in the West African region, as well as implementing strategies to stem the spate of unconstitutional changes in government within the region. .

What the envoys said

The envoys, who presented their Credentials, are Nicolas Lang, Switzerland; Annika Hahn Englund, Sweden; Peter Ryan, Ireland; Kitiisak Klomchit, Thailand; Nicolas Nyouky, Senegal and David Chaot from South Sudan.

Responding on behalf of his colleagues, the Swiss Ambassador assured the Nigerian President that they will “exercise their functions as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary with dedication, to the best of their knowledge and belief, and for the mutual benefit of our countries.” .

The ambassadors expressed their goodwill to the president in his remaining days in office and wished Nigeria peaceful, free and fair elections.

  • Ambassador Lang said: ”We are well aware of Nigeria’s importance to the well-being of the entire African continent, its role in international politics and its weight in the world economy.
  • “Each of us is proud to represent his country and its interests in this great Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

For the record

  • Remember that in a similar circumstance, President Muhammadu Buhari in February 2022 advised diplomats in the country to stay within the confines of their schedules and not meddle in the nation’s domestic politics as the elections approached. of 2023.
  • President Buhari gave the admonishment on the delivery of Letters of Credence to the ambassadors of the Czech Republic, Zdenek Krejci; Italy, Stephano De Leo; Spain, Juan Ignacio Sell Sanz, and Israel, Michael Shual Freeman in Abuja on Thursday.