- President Muhammadu Buhari praises Sweden for its assistance to victims of Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria
- Buhari notes that Swedes are known to help the poor and assist displaced communities to return to their normal lives
- The president wants Inger Ultvedt, the ambassador to Sweden, to return to Nigeria once she recovers from her illness
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, February 4, in Abuja commended Sweden for its humanitarian assistance to victims of insurgency in the country as he bid farewell to the country’s ambassador to Nigeria, Inger Ultvedt.
Legit.ng reports that while speaking at the State House, President Buhari said Nigeria can now speak of the well-known humanitarian spirit of the Swedes.
He noted that the Swedes helps the poor and assists displaced Nigerian communities to return to their normal lives.
“You are well-known for helping the poor. You should extend our gratitude to your country for standing shoulder-to-shoulder with us in helping the victims of insurgency in their moment of suffering,” he said.
A statement from Garba Shehu, the presidential spokesperson, said Buhari wished Ambassador Ultvedt, who is leaving Nigeria ahead of the scheduled end of her tour due to health reasons, quick recovery.
Buhari expressed the hope that given the ambassador’s active duty tour and knowledge of Nigeria, she would upon full recovery, come back one way or the other to help in deepening bilateral relations.
The statement said the outgoing ambassador, who said she found her two-and-a-half-year stay in Nigeria very interesting and rewarding, also listed the highlights of her achievements to include assistance to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in 10 camps in the north east paid for by Swedish taxpayers, as well as other forms of humanitarian and technical support all over Nigeria.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Zamfara, Alhaji Sani Shinkafi, reportedly endorsed Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the February 16, presidential election.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Sani made his decision known in Bungudu, the headquarters of Bungudu local government area of the state, while on his campaign.
He was reported to have said: “I am aware that my party (APGA) has its presidential candidate in the coming presidential election, but I also believe in making the right choice.
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“l, therefore, wish to announce that my choice is the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari and l enjoin all well-meaning Nigerians to vote for him again so that he will continue with the good work he is doing for the country.
“l also want to call on you, my good people of Zamfara, to vote for me as the next governor so that I can improve your general well-being."
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