By Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has applauded the endorsement which President Muhammadu Buhari received from world leaders at the recent 71st session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
He similarly called on Nigerians to continue to support the president.
In a statement issued yesterday, Mohammed described as delightful the acknowledgement made by world leaders concerning Buhari’s determined and committed leadership as well as his integrity that have given Nigeria a positive image in the comity of nations.
The minister said the global community was informed of the strides made by the administration in the fight against terrorism, corruption and in the management of the economy at a time of recession, saying it was an indication that government was on the right track in its quest to ensure a better life
for the people.
Mohammed said: ‘’These three areas (economy, security and the fight against corruption) are the priorities of the Buhari’s 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 US President Barrack Obama, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, French President Francois Hollande and Switzerland’s President Johann Schneider-Ammann all took turns to extol President Buhari’s leadership.
‘’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.’’
He also expressed optimism that the country will soon begin to reap the benefits of the US-Africa Business Forum and the meeting with top Nigerians professionals, which took place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
According to him, fact that the president was able to highlight and seek a global rallying point on critical issues during his trip will have a positive effect on the country.
‘’The president sent ‘a clear and direct message’ to world leaders on such issues as poverty, climate change, terrorism, plight of IDPs arising from Boko Haram activities, diversification of the economy and the creation of enabling environment for Foreign Direct Investment in Nigeria.
‘’The timing of the president’s message and the platform in which he highlighted those issues could not have been more apt, and this will undoubtedly complement the administration’s efforts at tackling those key issues,’’ the Mohammed said.