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Buhari meets Zuriel Oduwole, assures Nigerians abroad “We are working diligently to correct our mistakes as a nation”



Buhari meets Nigerians 4President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday in Washington DC assured Nigerians in the Diaspora of his administration’s determination to move the country forward as rapidly as possible.

The president gave the assurance at an audience with a group of Nigerians, who had distinguished themselves in various professions in the United States,

A statement issued in Abuja by the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, President Buhari said that his administration was fully committed to correcting the errors that had hindered Nigeria’s progress as a nation.

“We are determined to get things done properly this time and God willing, we shall succeed.

“We are working diligently to correct our mistakes as a nation. We will rehabilitate and expand national infrastructure, and move forward as quickly as possible,’’ he added.

Buhari also said that his administration would maintain contacts with Nigerian professionals in the Diaspora and see how they could be best placed to contribute effectively to national development if they choose to come back home.

The President congratulated the five Nigerians he met with for their exceptional accomplishments, saying that he was very proud of them all.

According to the statement, the Nigerians received by President Buhari included Prof. Austin Esogbue, the only African to have served on the board of the United States’ National Aeronautical Space Agency and Jelani Aliyu, a leading car designer with General Motors.

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Others were Professor Nwadiuto Esiobu, a renowned Microbiologist and Biochemist, Dr Yemi Badero, an Assistant Professor of Medicine and 13-year old Zuriel Oduwole, who has so far interviewed 18 world leaders. (NAN)

Photo Credit: Bayo Omoboriowo

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  1. nonsense

    April 2, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Her dad must be so proud of her.
    Meanwhile Buahri, enough is enough, return to your country kwa

  2. nene

    April 2, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    why hasn’t he met with distinguished nigerians in nigeria? and who is this zuriel? who are her sponsors? there are just as many nigerian kids like that, only if they have the opportunity to ask buhari tough questions.

    • Labo

      April 3, 2016 at 6:51 am

      Zuriel is a Nigerian kid. Why are Nigerians so racist? Is it because she’s mixed race? The opportunities are available to everyone but achievement only goes to the one who tried. Stop sulking and get to work

    • ElessarisElendil

      April 3, 2016 at 10:34 am

      Wait, the human race has two races??? You mean they’re aliens among us??

      I’m panicking!???????

      Seriously, there is only race; the human one. People of African descent kindly let a system formulated to justify racism die, it helps nobody.

    • lani

      April 3, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      Shame on you. Don’t take away from the valid point

  3. tamunotonye

    April 2, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    All I want is fuel mbok, one can’t continue to live like this. Na wetin???!!?

  4. aknl

    April 2, 2016 at 10:25 pm


  5. tee

    April 2, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    granpa please what shoes are you wearing……..????

  6. fleur

    April 2, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    How will he engage the Nigerians in diaspora when everything is kparakpo? For example, I knew he was in DC this weekend, I refused to hustle to go and find out what activities were planned because at my level of busyness, I dont have the time to be jostling for the attention of a president and country that needs my expertise more than I need them. I mentioned this when he came last year. I complained bitterly about transparency and real strategy in engaging professionals. Still, we continue to operate under a cloud. Why would I leave NY for DC to come and hustle to get into a cramped room or event where I wont even be able to have an intelligent convo with the president

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