President Muhammadu Buhari has met with Nigerian professionals in varied fields of endeavour, who reside in America, as part of his trip to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
They rubbed minds with the Nigerian president and top public servants on their work and what they can do to assist Nigeria on the path of development.
These professionals included top flight aeronautics engineers, physicians, I.T experts, a judge, a top policewoman, entrepreneurs, an import specialist at US Customs and Border Protection, professors, two straight A students, and many others.
“I am very pleased with this meeting,” President Buhari stated.
“Wherever you go in the world, you find highly competent and outstanding Nigerians. They not only make great impact on their host countries and communities, their financial remittances back home also help our economy, particularly at a time like this, when things are down.”
While praising these Nigerians, the president also paid glowing tributes to the country’s military.
“Talking of our military, they earned respect serving in places like Burma, Zaire, Sudan, Liberia, Sierra-Leone, and then, suddenly, that same military could no longer
secure 14 out of 774 local governments in the country.
Insurgents had seized them, calling them some sort of caliphate, and planting their flags there; till we came, and scattered them. We raised the morale of our military, changed the leadership, re-equipped and retrained them;USA, Britain, and some other countries helped us, and today, the pride of our military is restored.”
The president went down memory lane to give them the background of his
political struggle where he said resilience pays.
“But I prayed so hard for God to make me President. I ran in 2003, 2007, 2011, and in 2015, He did. And see what I met on ground. But I can’t complain, since I prayed for the job. In the military, I rose from 2nd Lieutenant to Major-General. I was military governor in 1975 over a state that is now six states. I was head of state, got detained for three years, and headed the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), which had N53 billion of that time in Nigerian banks. God has been very good to me, so I can’t complain. If I feel hurt by anybody, I ask God to help me forgive. He has done so much for me”.
He said the country is in need of professionals such as the group that met him as he reminded them that “we need quality hands to run Nigeria, and we will utilize them. I will like to welcome you home when it’s time. But I’ll like you to be ready.”
All the Nigerian professionals pledged to contribute their quota towards “re-launching their fatherland to a new dawn.”