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On his visit to Malabor on Monday March 14, President Muhammadu Buhari was conferred with the Highest National Honour of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
According to a statement by the president’s special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, the honour was given for Buhari’s personal integrity, exemplary leadership style and courage to fight terrorism in order to ensure peace and safety in Africa.
The honour of “Gran Collar De La Orden De La Independencia” translated to “Grand Collar of the Order of the Independence” was conferred on President Buhari by President of Equitorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea at the Presidential Palace.
At the investiture ceremony, President Buhari dedicated the award to the people of Nigeria who had worked tirelessly to sustain peace in the country and across other neighbouring countries in Africa.
On behalf of my country, Nigeria, and the people, I will like to express profound gratitude for the honour given to me and my people. The reality of the situation now is that there had never been a time in history for greater neighbourliness, for security and economic stability than now.
The President also said the challenges faced by African countries had a common thread, and must be collectively appraised and jointly tackled by all the African countries. He then assured that Nigeria would always support efforts of ensuring socio-political and economic stability of its neighbours and the entire African continent.
Earlier in his remarks, President Mbasogo said it was an honour for his country to confer the Highest National Honour on President Buhari on his first visit to the country.
We are here to recognise 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
The President pledged his country’s support to Nigeria in the fight against insurgency and other security challenges.
President Buhari departed Abuja for Malabo, Equatorial Guinea on a 2-day visit for talks on maritime security on Monday, March 14, 2016. He led a national security team to visit President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, in view of reaching a final agreement on certain security issues concerning both countries and is expected back to Nigeria on Tuesday, March 15.