President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to stretch the federal government’s reach and capacity in protecting all Nigerians, not minding the distance.
Buhari gave the promise when addressing a gathering of students and professionals in Sochi, towards the conclusion of his three-day visit to Russia
Buhari was later presented with a pin by the President Nigerian Community Russia, Chukwujekwu Ejike Sam-Fester.
“Our government will protect Nigerians at home, and abroad,” he said.
Speaking further, Buhari said the Nigeria Diaspora Commission (NDC), headed by Abike Dabiri-Erewa, was established to ensure a forward and backward link for all Nigerians living outside the country by catering for their safety and needs, and providing a platform for many who would like to contribute to the development of the country with their skills, knowledge and resources.
While urging them not to forget their home, which is Nigerian, he advised Nigerians living in foreign countries to be law-abiding and work very hard to excel in their studies and chosen careers.
He also assured that his administration will always be people-focused, adding that all the programmes of the administration had been tailored to buoy the economy and protect the poor and vulnerable.
“We must create jobs to meet the growing demands in the country, and we are looking at agriculture already,’’ he added.
Speaking on the introduction of Social Investment Programmes, Buhari said the programme is to directly impact the lives of poor people.
“Yesterday I met with Russian President, Vladimir Putin and we discussed some of the areas of shared interest which includes pushing for diversification of the economy in agriculture and solid minerals. Incidentally, we have a lot in common.
“Russia exports crude oil like Nigeria, and it is the second-largest producer of gas in the world. A lot can be learnt from their journey. We will collaborate in agriculture, oil and gas, and solid minerals exploration,’’ he said.