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Nigeria’s relationship with neighbours yielding result- Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari in Niamey, Niger Republic to commission the newly constructed road which was named after him. Photo: Femi Adesina Source: Facebook

The Presidency says the existing bilateral relationship between Nigeria and her neighbours has greatly tackled border insecurity, illegal arms inflow, and smuggling.

The Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, stated this in Niamey, the Nigerien capital shortly after President Buhari commissioned a major road named after him.

He said President Buhari on assumption of office in 2015, opened up strong dialogue with neighbouring Niger, Benin, Chad, and Cameroon, an approach, which has resulted in positive diplomatic ties of mutual interest to the countries.

“President Buhari has strong respect for our neigbours, and he understands the essence of neigbourliness. Before this administration, some of these countries complained that they were not even being talked to by Nigerian leadership,” Mallam Garba noted.

According Mallam Garba, President Bubari will leave behind a solid relationship, built on a solid rock with Nigeria’s neighbours and expected to be built upon by his successor.

While justifying the naming of a road after President Buhari in Niger, Mallam Garba said the development was an indication of the tremendous respect, which Nigeria’s neighbours have for him.

President of Niger Republic, Mohammed Bazoun, who was accompanied by the Mayor of Niamey and other officials, took President Buhari on a tour of the 3.8 kilometer boulevard commissioned in line with the country’s constitutional provisions.

President Buhari is in Niamey to join other leaders on the continent for the African Union, AU, summit on Industrialisation and Economic Diversification.

Reporting by Abdullah Bello; editing by Abdullahi Lamino