President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated his aides who recently bagged the highest civilian national honours of Niger Republic.
Buhari in a statement on Thursday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu expressed delight with the development.
He added that he hopes the mutual understanding and friendship between Nigeria and Niger Republic will continue.
Naija News recalls two of the President’s senior aides, his Senior Special Assistant on Household and Domestic Matters, Sarki Abba, and the State Chief of Protocol, Ambassador Lawal Kazaure were among recipients of national honours during the independence celebration of Niger Republic.
The aides after receiving the honours, presented their certificates and medals to the President in Abuja.
Reacting, Buhari was quoted in a statement to have said, “he considered the honour to them as emblematic of the longstanding mutual friendship between the two nations and their peoples.
He further “expressed optimism that the longstanding friendship and fruitful co-operation between the two states will continue to grow in strength.”
President Buhari also extended felicitations to Governor Badaru Abubakar, Jigawa State and Mohammed Matawalle, Zamfara State, and businessmen, Aliko Dangote, President of Dangote Group and Abdulsamad Rabi’u, President of BUA Group, who were also conferred with Niger’s national honours at the Independence Day ceremony.
The President thanked President Mohammed Bazoun and Nigeriens for the recognitions.
Why Buhari Bought Vehicles For Niger Republic
The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed on Wednesday explained why the federal government purchased ten vehicles valued at N1,145,000,000 for Niger Republic.
Explaining the reason behind the gesture following the outrage that greeted the leaked document about the purchase which was shared by popular Investigative Journalist, David Hundeyin, on his verified Twitter handle on Tuesday night, Ahmed said Nigeria has a culture of assisting needy neighbours in the spirit of brotherhood.
She added that it would also help in dealing with insecurity.
This article was originally published on Naija News