The new Nigeria’s Ambassador to Switzerland has commended the Nigerians in the country for their courage and determination to flag Nigeria’s flag with honour.
He gave the commendation at an Interactive meeting organized by the Embassy of Nigeria to enable both parties to know each other.
During the meeting which lasted about two hours, heads of Nigerian ethnic associations presented themselves and the activities of their associations, also some individuals who engage in laudable specific projects were asked to introduce themselves and their projects.
These heads of the association informed the Ambassador about their projects in Nigeria which a charity and developmental in nature to improve the lots of their communities. Also some Nigerian led associations in Switzerland informed him about their activities which focus on promoting Africans and African culture in Switzerland. A group informed the gathering of their plan to start teaching Nigerian major languages. The Ambassador was informed about health care projects a Nigerian brought to Nigeria in collaboration with a Swiss organization, and also about the print and electronic media founded by two individual Nigerians in Switzerland.
Impressed by what he heard, Amb. Baba Madugu did not mince his words when responding to the information saying: “I am proud of your achievements, and I salute your courage and determination to flag Nigeria’s flag with honour.”
He then urged members of the ethnic groups to come under one national umbrella, that is, Nigerian in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) suggesting that if they could achieve that much as individual small groups, he believes that through the collective efforts NIDO would be able to achieve something greater.
He appealed to the Nigerians “many of whom have acquired necessary skills needed for national development” to join hands in the development of the country, and take it as a task that has to be done because “it is the sole reason NIDO was launched.”
Ambassador Baba Magudu advised the Nigerians to respect the law of Switzerland, and urged them to advise their friends and relatives wanting to come to Europe to take direct route and legal means, and not through Niger and Libya, adding “we do not want any Nigerian imprisoned or die” in an attempt to come to Europe.
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