- Nigeria’s diversity will remain a source of strength for the development of the country.
- Nigeria’s diplomatic relationship with Isreal will clock 60 years in 2020.
President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Ambassador of Israel to Nigeria, Shimon Ben-Shosan, to explore Nigeria and see how beautiful it is with its natural resources, economic endowment and cultural diversity.
Buhari stated this to the ambassador yesterday after receiving a credence letter from him in Abuja on Thursday.
While noting that Nigeria’s diversity will remain a source of strength for the development of the country, the president said Nigeria and Israel have enjoyed cordial bilateral relations.
Buhari, who highlighted that many Nigerian Christians look forward to performing pilgrimage to the Holy Land in Israel congratulates the ambassador on his appointment.
‘‘I congratulate you on your appointment as Ambassador of Israel to Nigeria. Enjoy your stay in Nigeria and take time to go round to see the beauty and diversity of the country,’’ the President told the Israeli ambassador.
The ambassador congratulated President Buhari on his re-election, thanking the Nigerian government for extending an invitation to Israeli Prime Minister to attend the Democracy Day celebrations on June 12, noting that Nigeria’s diplomatic relationship with Isreal will clock 60 years in 2020, the ambassador stated that the last time a Prime Minister of Israel visited Nigeria was in 1958.
‘‘My dream is to bring my Prime Minister and
President to visit Nigeria and for President Buhari to visit Israel. That will be historic for us,’’ Ben-Shoshan said.
While receiving another letter of Credence of the Sierra Leonean High Commissioner to Nigeria, Dr Solomon Gembeh, President Buhari said both countries have a strong and stable relationship borne out of shared history and decades of cooperation.
President Buhari said he looked forward to continue working with President Julius Maada Bio to further strengthen the relations between both countries, emphasizing that both of them shared a common historical background as former military Heads of State who later became civilian President.