- President explains the rationale for closure of the Nigerian embassy in Sri Lanka.
- Commissioner Raveenthiran says he enjoyed the support and cooperation of Nigerians during his stay.
President Muhammadu Buhari has said the closure of the Nigerian embassy in Colombo in 2017 in view of the important relationship the country has with Sri Lanka will be re-examined.
According to a statement released by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, the president stated this at a farewell audience granted the outgoing High Commissioner of the Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Thambirajah Raveenthiran at the State House, Abuja, on.
Buhari explained that it was the financial challenges which the country faced at the time that informed the closure of some Nigerian embassies and consulates during a rationalisation exercise.
He has now assured that his administration will take another look at that decision as it affected Sri Lanka following the request by the outgoing High Commissioner.
President Buhari wished Mr Raveenthiran success in his future undertakings.
In his remarks, the outgoing High Commissioner who said he had spent four out of his 30-year career in diplomatic service in Nigeria pointed that his period in Nigeria was remarkable in several ways.
He stressed that he enjoyed the support and cooperation of Nigerians, and was greatly assisted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Mr. Raveenthira further stated that his country has a lot to offer Nigeria in the areas of counter-terrorism, medical tourism, and higher education.