Burundi @60: Envoy urges Nigerians to stand united to defeat terrorism

Mrs Marie-Jeanne Ntakirutimana, Ambassador of Burundi to Nigeria has urged Nigerians to stand united to effectively defeat terrorism, stressing that unity of citizens is critical to ending the menace of insecurity.

Ntakirutimana made the call on Saturday in Abuja during the commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of Burundi.

Ntakirutimana said that Burundi successfully defeated terrorism by standing together amid their diversity to fight the common enemy.

She said that Burundi is one of the safest countries in Africa and has also helped other countries in fighting insecurity by sending some of their troops to countries like Somalia, Central Africa among others.

Ntakirutimana said that Burundi is also willing to share its expertise with Nigeria to help combat terrorism.

“I can tell you that Burundi is the first country that has security now. And I can tell you that our country sends military troops to other country to fight against terrorist.

“Now we have some in Somalia and more in Central Africa.

“Nigeria is a sister country to Nigeria and Burundians are ready to come and help Nigeria get security.

“Burundi has some issues but for our country to avoid those issues we get united. The people in our diversity, but our difference has been our strength so we used it.

“We decided to fight together so I call on Nigerians to be united in your diversity. Diversity is a strength for a nation. Try to be united to fight together”, Ntakirutimana said.

On the 60th anniversary of Burundi Ntakirutimana said that the country has made significant achievements in the past sixty years across all sectors with much more to be achieved in the nearest future.

Ntakirutimana said that as a safe country, Burundian President, Evariste Ndayishimiye upon assuming office in 2021 is also making several efforts to diversify the economy and woo investors especially in the Agric and mining sectors.

“In the 60 years, the country achieved so many things. We developed our country quickly as we got Independence in many sectors.
“We developed the agriculture sector, social economy, many infrastructure, many hospitals, many schools. We also developed the mining sector because prior to now, Burundi did not know that it had many quantity in the mining sector.

“We met many problems about security that is why when our country was leaded by democratic, political, all leaders are elected by the people and I can say that it was since this period that we began to develop our country.

“Now the country has put many efforts in agriculture because we have embraced a country which has many opportunity in agriculture.

“We produce a lot quantity of coffee which is exported and the coffee produced in Burundi is the best quantity. The tea is the second product we export.

“Since last year that the President was elected, he decided to develop the agricultural sector that is why we continue to call on investors to come to work in this sector.

“We also call on the investors who can come and work in the mining sector,” Ntakirutimana said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ntakirutimana submitted her letter of Credence to President Muhammadu Buhari on Oct. 25 2021 and has pledged to strengthen the already great bilateral relations between both countries.


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