Nigerian delegation meets VP Iyambo
WINDHOEK – DELEGATES of Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday paid a courtesy call on Vice-President, Nickey Iyambo to discuss the upcoming African Union (AU) summit.
The AU summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, will be held from 24 to 31 January under the theme ‘Harnessing Demographic Dividend through investments in Youth’.
Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe introduced Iyambo to Fatima Kyari Mohammed, who is Nigeria’s candidate for AU Commissioner of Peace and Security.
Mohammed is seeking Namibia’s support in her candidature for the continental position at the 28th summit that will also elect a new AU chairperson to replace Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who has not been vocal on running for a second term.
During the meeting with the Namibian VP, Kingibe expressed appreciation of the Namibian Government’s welcome gesture, which is in spirit of the long-standing relations between Namibia and Nigeria.
“This is almost our second home since from the time of the Founding President, Sam Nujoma,” he said.
The former Nigerian foreign minster said he is aware of the historical legacy between the two countries and that the West African country admires Namibia’s constant commitment to the continent.
On his part, Iyambo said Namibia has much to appreciate from Nigeria who helped the country with drought-relief in March 2015, while educational volunteers from Nigeria are assisting Namibia.
“The volunteers are helping us where we are weak in subjects, particularly in areas of mathematics, science and engineering.”
Nigerian youths are also in Namibia for training in fisheries.
The vice-president noted that their relationship did not start from Namibia’s independence and the distance between the two countries was always irrelevant.
“Nigeria was not deterred by the distance that existed between Namibia and itself, and made it possible for the country to be where it is now,” he said.
Namibia and Nigeria formed diplomatic relations in March 1990.
Iyambo and the Nigerian delegation held closed-door discussions. – Nampa