- President Buhari has met with a Nigerian-born senator in Italy
- The president congratulated Toni Iwobi, the first Black man ever to be elected senator in Italy
- Iwobi emphasized the need for collaboration to curb illegal immigration
President Muhammadu Buhari has met Toni Iwobi, of Nigerian origin and who is the first Black man ever to be elected senator in Italy.
On the sidelines of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York, on Thursday, September 27, Iwobi met with Buhari, along with a high-powered team from the Italian Senate.
“My congratulations to you, and to Italy more,” President Buhari told Iwobi, who was elected in March this year, on platform of the far-right League Party. “It shows the advanced respect of Italians for human beings, in spite of colour. It’s very impressive."
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The team from Italy discussed issues like illegal migration and how it can be curbed through investments in Africa, recharge of the Lake Chad via inter-basin water transfer, among others.
“Africa doesn’t need charity, but collaboration to develop,” Senator Iwobi declared.
President Buhari noted that what causes irregular migration from developing to developed countries include lack of security, education, health care, among others, stressing:
“Climate change has had negative impact on a big country like Nigeria. That is why our youths often defy the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea, to try and get to Europe. It is a problem that needs to be solved," he said.
The Italian Senate delegation plans to visit Nigeria soon. Iwobi has lived in Italy for 41 years.
Meanwhile, President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana on Thursday, September 27, met with President Muhammadu Buhari and briefed the latter on the attacks against Nigerian traders in Ghana.
This was disclosed by President Buhari's special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, on Thursday, September 27.
NAIJ.com gathers that the two leaders met in New York on the sidelines of the ongoing United Nations General Assembly, during which President Buhari expressed delight that the attacks were being decisively taken care of.
According to Adesina, the Ghanaian leader said there was no intention to deliberately target Nigerians, noting that it was all about complying with the rules that guide trading in the country.
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