President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met with Nigerians in Netherlands.

It is a meeting added to the itinerary of his 3-day official visit to the Netherlands for the 20th anniversary of the of the adoption of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) holding at The Hague. 

At the meeting with the members of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), the Netherlands Chapter, the President said: "I am pleased with the quality of people I am seeing. You are high quality people. Congratulations on your personal achievements".

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This artwork of President  Muhammadu Buhari glows at night

The President lauded them for representing Nigeria well, and for always being in touch with their motherland.

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Among those who met President Buhari were the Chairman of NIDO, Julius Nwankpa, a specialist in tuberculosis, Dr Mustapha Gidado, having oversight over management of the disease in 22 countries and a performance monitoring expert, Lola Visser-Mabogunje.

Other were a research scientist and Assistant Professor at Utrecht University, Dr Peter Ngene, a software expert, Cornelius Obot and an artist and culture enthusiast of international repute, Toyin Loyo.

Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Nwankpa commended President Buhari for the war against corruption.

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President Buhari meeting with the members of NIDO

It is an effort "for which you have earned respect around the world," high improvement in infrastructural development, and for signing into law the Diaspora Commission Bill".

A spokesman for the President, Femi Adesina, said Nwankpa further expressed hope that the Act would "become effective as soon as possible".

On the security situation in Nigeria, the NIDO Chairman urged the government and security team to end the unfortunate killings, while also calling on Nigerians "to play their roles in breaking the cycle of violence, which usually has no winner."

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The delegation presented the gift of an artwork called Light to President Buhari, with Toyin Loyo, the creator of the work saying:

"The work is illuminating. You bring light, which will never go out, and which will shine round the clock".

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President Buhari with L-R: Senior Tech Adviser on Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation, Mrs Lola Mabogunje, Dr Peter Ngene, Director Netherlands Tuberculosis Foundation Dr Mustapha Gidado, Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands Mr Oji Ngofa and Senior Special Assistant to the President (Diaspora) Hon. Abike Dabiri.

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