Niger Gov Charges Ibeto On Xenophobic Attacks In South Africa

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By ABU NMODU, Minna

Niger State governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has enjoined Alhaji Ahmed Musa Ibeto to be committed and remain an exemplary representative of the state as he assumes office as Nigeria’s Ambassador to South Africa.

In a statement issued by his chief press secretary, Malam Jibrin Baba Ndace, Governor Bello expressed profound and unreserved optimism that the APC chieftain and former deputy governor will succeed in his new assignment.

The governor charged the new ambassador to make significant contributions to and explore possible areas of bilateral partnership that will, in the end, generate foreign direct investment to the country and the state.

“We want you to capitalize on the long-standing, reliable partnership between Nigeria and South Africa to establish strong economic cooperation with and woo investors to the state,” he said.

Governor Bello called on Ambassador Ibeto to pay particular attention to and engage the government of South Africa in finding possible end to the incessant xenophobic attacks on Nigerians.

“These attacks have become a major challenge in diplomatic relations between the two countries, hence the need to make concerted efforts to find lasting solutions to the  problem in order to sustain and strengthen the existing mutually beneficial relationship”.

The governor also advised the new ambassador to make it a point of duty to correct the misconceptions about the country and to sustain Nigeria’s diplomatic tradition with integrity, excellence and professionalism.

While wishing Ambassador Ahmed Musa Ibeto success in his new office, Governor Sani Bello urged him to mount aggressive campaign to disabuse the minds of foreigners that Nigeria is not entirely a country full of criminals, terrorists and other vices.