President Muhammadu Buhari was on Monday evening conferred with the highest national honour in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea by the Guinean President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
A statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, confirmed that the President was given the national honour in Malabo on Monday for his personal integrity, exemplary leadership style and courage to fight terrorism in order to ensure peace and safety of Africa.
The honour of “Gran Collar De La Orden De La Independencia” translated “Grand Collar of the Order of the Independence” was said to have been conferred on President Buhari by President Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea at the Presidential Palace.
Speaking at the ceremony, Buhari was said to have dedicated the recognition to the people of Nigeria who had worked relentlessly to sustain peace in the country and across other neighbouring countries in Africa.
He said, “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.”
President Mbasogo said the honour was conferred on President Buhari for his “personal integrity, exemplary leadership style and courage to fight terrorism in order to ensure peace and safety in Africa”.
He said: “We deemed it fit and appropriate to honour this son of Africa for the great work he is doing, which includes tackling Boko Haram, a great menace to the continent.”