President Buhari, his delegation and members of the Nigerian community in Ethiopia observing a minute of silence in honour of Nigerians recently killed by Boko Haram in Borno State shortly before the commencement of his meeting with Nigerians living in Ethiopia. Photo: Bashir Ahmed/Twitter
President Muhammadu Buhari has given an assurance that the federal government will continue to devise measures to further protect Nigerians from terrorism and banditry.
The president’s statement is in response to the killing of about 30 people on Sunday, in Borno state. Boko Haram was reported to have burnt to death, motorists in transit to Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
During a meeting with executive committee members of the Nigerian community in Ethiopia (NICE), the President appealed for support and co-operate with security agencies to “enable them to deal with the situation successfully.”
The meeting, moderated by Chairman/CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, had observed a minute silence in honour of those brutally killed in the Sunday attack.
Complaints raised by Nigerians
President Buhari has also directed relevant ministries to liaise with Ethiopian authorities to amicably resolve all complaints raised by Nigerians regarding challenges in doing business in Ethiopia.
The President commended NICE, saying they had the highest concentration of professionals working in international organisations such as the African Union, United Nations agencies.
A leader of NICE, David Omozuafoh appealed to the Nigerian government to fast-track the implementation of the MoU with the United Nations on the Junior Professionals Programme allowing young Nigerians access to opportunities in international organizations.
He suggested that similar opportunities be explored with the UN Volunteers Programme, the AU Volunteers Corps as well as the ECOWAS Youth Volunteer Programme.