Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the recent global community’s appreciation of the giant strides which have been made by President Muhammadu Buhari -led administration in the fight against terrorism and corruption, as well as in managing the nation’s economy at a time of global economic downturn, was an indication that the administration was on course in its quest to ensure better life for the citizens.
He said that it was particularly delightful to hear from world leaders that President Buhari’s determined and committed leadership as well as his integrity, had given Nigeria a positive image in the comity of nations.
In a statement where he expressed excitement over the global endorsement which the president received from world leaders during his recent trip to the United States for the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, the minister said the fact that the president was able to highlight and seek a global rallying point on critical issues during his trip, would have a positive effect on the country.
He also expressed optimism that the country will soon begin to reap the benefits of the United States-Africa Business Forum and the meeting with top Nigerian professionals, which took place on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
”These three areas are the priorities of the Buhari -led 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 President Barrack Obama, United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon and Switzerland’s president, Johann Schneider-Ammann ,all took turns to extol President Buhari-led administration.
”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 president sent a clear and direct message to world leaders on such issues as poverty, climate change, terrorism, plight of the IDPs, arising from Boko Haram activities, diversification of the economy and the creation of enabling environment for foreign investment in Nigeria.