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Buhari lauds Nigerians’ conduct in Poland, despite hostilities


Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari. / AFP PHOTO / Mandel NGAN

President Muhammadu Buhari has hailed the resilience of Nigerians in Poland, despite the hostilities against them.He said their good conduct has made it possible for them to maintain good relationship with their host communities.

The president made the commendation during his interactions with Nigerians, at an event organised by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Affairs, Abike Dabiri.Buhari, who is in Kotowice, Poland for the global summit on Climate Change, said rather than lamenting over Nigeria’s history of corruption and mismanagement of resources, he would prefer to tackle the challenges.

He reiterated that although his administration inherited sundry problems, he will no longer complain about them.“Three times, l ended up at the Supreme Court. The third time, l said God dey and the fourth time, God and technology, using the Permanent Voters Card (PVCs) and the Card Readers, they couldn’t rig the elections, so l won.”

On security, he said he has always taken it as his number one priority, because of the understanding that investment drive will be useless without securing the environment.He said: “Those in the Northeast will tell you that before we came in, the so-called Boko Haram used to hold about 17 local government. But now, physically, they are not holding any local government, but only resorted to real gorilla tactics of hit- and-run. This is because they know the area more than the soldiers that are defending the country.”

The Nigerian Ambassador to Poland, Eric Adagogo Bell-Gam, in his remarks, said there are quit a large number of Nigerians studying in Poland, because of the relatively cheap and quality educational system, which is not comparable to anywhere else in the world.He, however express concern at the way non-Polish citizens are most times subjected to racial discrimination, adding: “There is a very high problem of animosity, and dislike for foreigners.

“From my perspective, l do not know about others, l found them a little bit less friendly to us, than my encounters in other parts of the world where l have been lucky to serve.”

Governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, and Abubakar Sani of Niger states, accompanied the president.Others were the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, Minister of Environment, Ibrahim Jibrin, and National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Mongonu (rtd).

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