President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday urged foreign ambassadors serving in Nigeria to do their best to convey the positive realities of the country to the international community.
The President made the plea when he granted audience to the outgoing Italian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Roberto Colamine, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Jonathan said, by doing so, the envoys would help immensely to correct the current misconceptions and adverse misrepresentations of Nigeria in the international community.
“The knowledge you have acquired here should be used positively to help us as you go back home,” he said.
The President commended the outgoing envoy for his untiring efforts at strengthening and expanding areas of bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and Italy during his tenure in Nigeria.
He particularly praised the ambassador’s facilitation of the training of some ex-Niger Delta militants in Italy as part of the Amnesty Programme.
Jonathan said that the training had helped to restore relative peace and security to the region.
Colamine told the President that he had witnessed challenging political transitions in the country during his more than four-year tenure.
He said he was glad to see the issues constitutionally resolved and commended the President for Nigeria’s continuing leadership role in Africa.
He also commended the country’s efforts to promote peace, political stability and democracy in all parts of the continent. (NAN)