President Muhammadu Buhari has tasked diplomats in Nigeria to monitor political developments in the lead-up to next year’s general elections without breaching professional ethics of non-interference.
“As the drums of campaign begin to rise, I urge you to be guided by diplomatic practice to ensure that your activities remain within the limits of your profession as you monitor the build-up to the elections and the conduct of the general elections,” he said.
Buhari gave the advice while receiving Letters of Credence of Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ambassador James Kingston Christoff and Ambassador of Mexico to Nigeria, Juan Alfred Miranda Oritz, in Abuja, yesterday.
He noted that the country is drawing closer to national elections and candidates have begun building consensus within respective parties preparatory to launching campaigns.
He said: “The task before you requires you, both, to build on the successes of your predecessors and further make efforts in expansion and advancement of cordial bilateral relations and cooperation between Nigeria and your respective countries.
“These relations, as you all know, span political, socio-economic and cultural spheres that have, over time, benefitted our peoples.
“I am confident that, in carrying out your diplomatic responsibilities, in the course of your tour of duties, you will spare time to appreciate the uniqueness and strength in our country’s cultural diversities, in terms of both human and natural resources, as well as the flora and fauna across the country.”
In his remarks, on behalf of the ambassadors, the Canadian High Commissioner thanked the President for accepting the Letters.
He said: “Today marks formal beginning of our engagement with the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We will work closely with ministers and officials to start a progressive relationship.”By Rabiu Olugbenga