From Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja
President Muhmmadu Buhari has welcomed commendations from the United Nations (UN) for his administration’s achievements.
The UN team, led by the Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, praised the President on efforts to restore security, strengthen institutions against corruption, improve health facilities and rebuilding of the multilateral institution’s office which was attacked by terrorists in 2011.
“Thank you for what you have been doing in the country, especially for women and children. I am glad you have put together a dedicated team to work with us”, the President said.
President Buhari, according to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, commended the various programmes of the UN in Nigeria.
“I am very impressed with the number of programmes you are carrying out, and I hope that our ministers will continue to cooperate with you.’’
On reconstruction of the UN Building and the Boko Haram bombing incident, President Buhari said: “I assure that beyond the renovation of your headquarters after that incident, we will continue to make your job feasible and comfortable. If you need anything in the course of your assignments talk to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama.’’
The UN Resident Coordinator said: “The re-opening of the UN House in October 2019, after eight years, was a day of celebration and remembrance. It was also an act of defiance in the face of terror and attack on our core values of peace, freedom, prosperity, tolerance and justice.”
Mr Kallon commended President Buhari for his leadership and guidance in response to COVID-19 pandemic as well as the wisdom in establishing the Presidential Task Force and adding his voice to the global call for a people’s vaccine to prevent coronavirus.