The Chairperson of the African Union, AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat disclosed on Friday that a lot of things could not have been achieved by the continental body without the contributions of President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigeria.
He stated this while meeting with Buhari at the Aso Presidential Villa,
according to a statement issued by presidential spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina.
While lauding his host for what he was doing for Nigeria, and for Africa, Mahamat said, “without President Buhari, and without Nigeria, many things would not have been possible.
“I appreciate the role you played in my election, and all that you do in ECOWAS, Lake Chad Basin Commission, and the entire continent.
“We follow your battle against corruption, and it is not by chance that you have been chosen by other African leaders to champion the battle in 2018.”
On his part, the President harped on the need to always authenticate the origin of people abroad in distress before evacuating them to Nigeria, stressing that “not every black man is a Nigerian”.
Speaking against the backdrop of the recent repatriation of some Nigerians from Libya, he declared that not every black man was a Nigerian, hence the need to authenticate the origin of the people in distress before they were evacuated.
In Buhari’s words, “We are trying to bring as many as possible from Libya. But not every black man is a Nigerian.
“Others claim to be Nigerians, when they are not, and because they have destroyed their travel papers, we can’t claim them, except there is proper documentation.”
He however noted that good neighbourliness and relationship were important for security and economic development.
“That was why I visited all our neighbours. Such relationship is crucial for security, and economic development so our youths could get jobs,’’ the President said.
On recharging of the Lake Chad, he said, “the earlier we get it done, the better, so that our youths don’t continue to dare the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea.’’