On Tuesday, September 27, President Muhammadu Buhari informed the international community that Nigeria currently enjoys unfettered freedom of speech and robust political discourse.
President Buhari stated this while receiving Letters of Credence from Ambassadors and High Commissioners of six countries at the Presidential Villa yesterday in Abuja.
In a statement released by Femi Adesina, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity said President Buhari told the diplomats that Nigeria’s strength remains in its diversity, while the constant differences in positions further signpost a strong democratic culture.
He said, ”As you settle down to your diplomatic responsibilities, you will realize how diverse Nigeria is. We are not only multi-ethnic and religious but also multi-cultural.
“We enjoy unfettered freedom of speech and engage in robust political discourses. Sometimes, the nature of these discourses tends to give the impression that we are constantly opposed to each other.
“The reality is that there is so much that binds us together than the few areas of our divergence. I have no doubts in my mind that you will soon appreciate our uniqueness and indeed resilience as a people, as well as our diversity which constitutes our strength”.
The Ambassadors and High Commissioners that received their letters of credence include: Mr. Gangadharan Balasubramanian (India), Mrs. Annett Gunther (Germany), Mr. Mohamed Yousif Ibrahim Abdelmannan (Sudan), Mrs. Gerengbo Yakivu Pascaline (Democratic Republic of Congo), Abdullah M. A. Abu Shawesh (State of Palestine), and Mr. Willem Wouter Plomp (The Kingdom of Netherlands) presented their Letters of Credence to President Buhari.