Equatorial Guinea’s President, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has in Malabo on Monday, March 14th, conferred the highest national honour of the country, “Gran Collar De La Orden De La Independencia” on Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Palace.
The “Gran Collar De La Orden De La Independencia” honor is translated as “Grand Collar of the Order of the Independence”.
Special Adviser To President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement announced that the President was conferred with the national honour for his personal integrity, exemplary leadership style and courage to fight terrorism in order to ensure peace and safety in Africa.
President Mbasogo said it was an honour for his country to confer the Highest National Honor on Buhari on his first visit to the country.
In his words;
“We are here to recognize the son of the soil. On this occasion, we deem it fit and appropriate to decorate the son of Africa for the great work he is doing in Africa, which includes tackling a great menace to the continent, Boko Haram,” he said.
Mbasogo pledged his country’s support to Nigeria in the fight against insurgency and other security challenges.
President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea on an official visit, at the investiture ceremony, dedicated the recognition to the people of Nigeria who had worked tirelessly to sustain peace in the country and across other neighboring countries in Africa. In his acceptance speech, the West African nation’s president said:
“On behalf of my country, Nigeria, and the people, I will like to express profound gratitude for the honor given to me and my people. The reality of the situation now is that there had never been a time in history for greater neighborliness, for security and economic stability than now.”
The President mentioned that the challenges faced by African countries had a common thread, and must be collectively appraised and jointly tackled by all the African countries.
Buhari assured the people that Nigeria would always support efforts of ensuring socio-political and economic stability of its neighbours and the entire African continent.
President Buhari is will expected to return to Nigeria today, March 15.