President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday recounted Nigeria’s interventions that restored peace and stability in African countries over the years.
The president was speaking at Democracy Day event held at the Eagle Square, which had leaders from Africa and other parts of the world in attendance.
“Thus far, we Nigerians can be proud of our history since Independence in 1960.
“We have contributed to UN peace-keeping responsibilities all over the world; we have stabilized Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and two years ago we prevented the Gambia from degenerating into anarchy.
“Without Nigerian influence and resources, the liberation of Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and ultimately South Africa would have come at greater cost.
“This fact had been attested by none other than the late Nelson Mandela himself.
“Elsewhere, Nigeria is the Big Brother to our neighbours. We are the shock-absorber of the West African sub-region, the bulwark of ECOWAS and Lake Chad Basin Commission.
“We can therefore be proud to be Nigerians. We must continue to be Good Neighbours and Good Global Citizens.”
President Buhari said that the leadership of Nigeria has also succeeded in uniting the different ethnic groups that make up the federation.
“At home, we have been successful in forging a nation from different ethnicities and language groups: our evolution and integration into one nation continues apace.”
The Nigerian leader said his administration has, since its inception in 2015, worked to ensure the fulfillment of his promise to focus on security, growing the economy and fighting corruption.