By Nabilu Balarabe
The President of Niger Republic, Mohamed Bazoum, on Sunday decorated Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State with the country’s National Honour Award
The award was in recognition of Buni’s contribution to bilateral, economic and social relationship between Nigeria and Niger Republic.
This is contained in a statement by Buni’s Director-General Press and Media Affairs, Alhaji Mamman Mohammed, in Damaturu on Sunday.
He said the governor was decorated with the ‘Commandeur dans l’ordre du merite du Niger’ in Niamey, the capital of Niger Republic on Sunday.
He added that the award had placed the governor in a position of an ambassador who would strengthen relationship between the two countries.
In his remarks, Buni expressed happiness for the award, saying that it would spur him to do more in the interest of the two neighboring countries.
“Yobe shares international borders with Niger Republic, therefore, we will strengthen peace, peaceful coexistence, and economic prosperity among the border communities of the two countries,” he said.
Mohammed said Buni was accompanied by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, members of the state Executive Council, members of the national and state legislature, among others.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Buni had also received Nigeria’s National Honour of Commander of the order of the Niger (CON) in Oct. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)