President Muhammadu Buhari has praised President Alassane Ouattara of Côte D’Ivoire for leading an inclusive administration and stabilising the country.
The president made the remark while receiving the out-going Ambassador of Cote D’Ivoire to Nigeria, Toure Kone Maman, at the State House, Abuja on Friday.
While observing that Ouattara was managing the West African country well, he said: “He has stabilised the country. His inclusivity, generosity of mind and patriotism in managing the country are paying off.”
According to a statement issued by the senior special assistant to the President on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, President Buhari also appreciated Ouattara’s support for Nigeria, saying, “I am very much aware of his support for Nigeria. I wish you the best of luck in the elections this year.”
Commending the out-going ambassador for her hard work and landmark achievements during her tour of duty in Nigeria, President Buhari said it was noteworthy that during her tenure, the Chancery building in Abuja was completed, the Nigeria-Cote D’Ivoire Bi-National Commission was established, as well as viable linkages between banks, businesses and agencies of the two governments which are now working hand-in-hand with each other.
“I commend you for keeping yourself busy diplomatically and intellectually,’’ the President told Ambassador Maman after being informed that she had acquired a Doctoral degree during her stay in Nigeria.
In her remarks, the Ivorian ambassador said she was happy, as a female ambassador to have completed the feat of building a new chancery, established successful linkages through MoUs between the Nigerian Chamber of Commerce, the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission and the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation with their Ivorian counterparts.
She described her seven-year stay in Nigeria as “gainful and very fulfilling,” saying, “I have become a Nigerian.”