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Buhari urges Nigerians in Rwanda to be good ambassadors

President Muhammadu Buhari meets with Selected Nigerians in Diaspora in Kigali, Rwanda.

President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria will welcome inputs and investments from compatriots with international exposure for the economy to thrive.

At a town hall meeting with the Nigerians residing in Rwanda, President Buhari hailed Nigerian youths excelling at home and abroad and urged them to continue protecting the country’s image.

He particularly congratulated and commended Yewande Adebowale for emerging as one of the top four winners at the Commonwealth Youth competition at the Kigali Startup Festival 2022 at the Commonwealth Youth Forum.

Also commended were Esther Olanrewaju and Favour Aderinto, who are recipients of the Lakshmi Subramanian CMU-Africa Student Excellence Awards for Masters in Information Technology and Electrical and Computer Engineering.

President Buhari appreciated the level of professionalism of Nigerians living in Rwanda and the amiable nature of their interactions with each other.

He said that living peacefully and in obedience to the laws of the host nation was also paramount as it would give Nigeria a good name.

He stressed that with the establishment of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NiDCOM, Nigerians abroad could now seamlessly contribute their quota to national development, especially in the areas of investments in the economy.

Earlier, the Nigerian High Commissioner to Rwanda, Ambassador Aishatu Musa, told President Buhari that Nigerians in Rwanda were generally well behaved and that their population has increased from 100 to 400 in recent years, saying that they are in the fields of banking, agriculture, education, and telecommunications.

She informed him that the President of the Association of Nigerians was Professor Umaru Wali, a Dean at the University of Rwanda, who hails from Sokoto State.

Reporting by Abdullah Bello; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino