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Buhari urges African Ambassadors to prioritize, protect African Interest

President Muhammadu Buhari has enjoined African Ambassadors to continue to give preference to the protection of the interests of the continent and its people.

The President made the call in Seoul, during an audience with the African Group of Ambassadors accredited to the Republic of Korea.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the First World Bio Summit in the South Korean capital, where he he told his audience that the economic prosperity and development of Africa was the “collective responsibility of Africans in leadership positions”. He called them to, as a group and as individuals, promote the agenda of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area, which is aimed at making the continent an “attractive common market for the global community”.

President Buhari also told them that they needed to go about their diplomatic duties, “taking into cognisance the contents of the African Union, AU, Charter and the AU Agenda 2063, and engage the rest of the world with one voice”, based on the continent’s narratives carefully crafted in the two documents under reference.

He also called on them to continue in their individual and group capacities to project African narratives to reflect the correct standing of Africa in the world as they exercise their diplomatic responsibilities in their respective countries of primary assignments.

“Sustain the already existing friendly relations among the African group and continue to look after one another”, he urged them, saying they needed to “project Africa as a single, unified continent”.

The Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Ambassador Carlos Boungou, thanked President Buhari for his leadership and achievements in Nigeria, Africa, and global affairs.

Reporting by Abdullah Bello; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor