By Anthony Maliki
Governor Simon Bako Lalong has charged the Nigerian Ambassador-designate to the Russian Federation with concurrent accreditation to Belarus, Prof. Abdullahi Shehu Yibaikwal to do his best in not only enhancing relations between Nigeria and his countries of posting, but also attract investment in areas of comparative advantage to the country and Plateau State.
Governor Lalong was speaking when he received a delegation from Kanam Local Government led by the Emir of Kanam, Alh. Muhammadu Muazu Muhammadu II who came to thank the Governor over the appointment of Prof. Shehu as ambassador by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said Plateau State was proud to have an experienced scholar and technocrat like Prof. Shehu who was the pioneer DG of GIABA, the West African Anti-corruption agency having served variously in agencies fighting corruption and money laundering in Nigeria such as the EFCC.
He said “I have no doubt that you will make us proud because of your pedigree and experience. You have shown your worth in the past and that is why they have given you this huge assignment to represent the country in one of the super power nations. We hope you will not only bring investment to Nigeria, but also to Plateau State because of the potentials we have. We will be praying for you to succeed”.
Emir of Kanam, Alh. Muhammadu Muazu Muhammadu II said they decided to come and show appreciation to Governor Lalong for his commitment to equity and fairness in facilitating the appointment of sons and daughters of the area into State and Federal Institutions. He pledged the continued support of the people for the success of the Rescue Administration at all times.
Prof. Shehu in a remark said he was humbled by the confidence reposed in him by the Governor for nominating him and the President for considering him worthy of the appointment.
He assured that he will not let the nation and Plateau State down as he was going to encourage investment into Nigeria from Russia and also pursue exchanges in areas of technology, security and mineral development.