President Muhammadu Buhari has been commended by the Royal Commonwealth Society, at the 2016 Commonwealth Day Celebration on Thursday, for his leadership role and efforts in uniting African leaders.
The Vice President of the Association, Mr. Abdullahi Faruk, said the Commonwealth appreciates Buhari for his dogged determination to put Nigeria on the right track, for his leadership role in the continent and ensure better relation with leaders.
The Royal Commonwealth Society say they regard him as the most popular President in Africa and also commend him for uniting the African countries and making the continent a better place to live.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, was also honored with the Commonwealth Ambassador’s Award for distinguishing himself in the course of democracy.
Theme of the 2016 Commonwealth Day Celebration: “An Inclusive Commonwealth,” Faruk says referred to the values of tolerance, respect and understanding as well as equity and fairness enshrined in the Commonwealth’s charter.
Faruk explained that the Commonwealth promotes democracy, good governance, mass literacy, sustainable growth, human rights, and eradication of poverty, HIV/AIDS and armed conflicts. The organisation also seeks to address the challenges associated with the climate change, migration and education.
The Commonwealth Society comprises of 53 member countries, and spreading through all the continents of the world. Its over 2.2 billion population of member countries, second only to the UN, represents all aspects of global diversity and 30 per cent of world’s population.
Faruk added that the richness of the association was further demonstrated as a family of nations in which each member is valued equally and has an equal voice.
He called on Nigerians to embrace peace irrespective of their socio-political and ethnic affiliations, saying that the association regarded all people as one family under God.
Queen Elizabeth 11 of England’s message at the occasion, which was read by Mrs. Amina Zakari, National Commissioner of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and an awardee of the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta, said the essential ingredient of belonging to the Commonwealth was the willingness to share, to exchange and to act for the common good.
By including others, drawing on collective insights, knowledge and resources, and thinking and working together, we lay the foundations of a harmonious and progressive society. The greater the diversity of those included in such a shared enterprise, the greater the gains.