The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) has expressed appreciation to the outgoing Ambassador of Tunisia to Nigeria, Jalel Trabelsi, for serving in the country on two different occasions for 10 years.
Trabelsi first served for five years as an officer, came back later to serve as Ambassador for another five years, and now describes himself as “a lover of Nigeria and her people”.
Buhari stated this in a statement issued by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Tuesday.
“Thank you very much for your love for our country and the people.
“You have identified with us so much, and I wish you a successful tour wherever you are posted to next. You can count on our goodwill for your country, yourself and family.”
Trabelsi said that he insisted on waiting till he had an audience with the President before leaving so that he could personally express gratitude to a man he admired, and to a people he loved.
“I’ve spent 10 years in total here, and I’ve enjoyed every bit of it.
“Our brotherly countries have excellent relations which date back in history, and this has been further strengthened in the past five years.
“We have signed many agreements, an organised business forum attended by 400 groups across sectors, and generally collaborated for mutual interest.
“We will always support and promote Nigeria. I express deep thanks and gratitude for the support extended to me here,’’ he said.