Nigeria Community in the Western part of Sweden, Västragotaland, under the auspices of the Nigeria family Association, Gothenburg, has honoured the Chargé d` affairs of Nigeria Embassy in Nordic countries, Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, His Excellency, Minister Ibrahim Sulaimon.
He was honoured along with others that had rendered selfless services to the Nigeria community in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The Chargé d´affairs, Minister Ibrahim Sulaimon was awarded Extra Ordinary Service Award during the 60th independence anniversary celebration in Gothenburg, västragotaland, Sweden on Saturday.
The award was presented by the President of the association, Ms Mary Brakner.
His Excellency, Minister Sulamain was very grateful for the recognition and he promises to continue to his best for Nigeria and Nigerians in the Nordic region. He said ” We are at the embassy because of you, therefore, we must do the job and not just as diplomats but as a friend, sisters and parents.
The citation of Minister Ibrahim was delivered by the secretary of the association, Hon. Ayoola Lawal, who said that the character of Minister Sulaimon should be a case study for much-needed unity and national integration of Nigeria.
Contained in a statement made available to Cable Reflex News in Denmark, the Nigerian Chargé d´affairs in the Nordic countries, Minister Sulaman was described, as a true image of humanity and a perfect diplomat.
Madam President said ” Nigeria needs such person like His Excellency, Sulaiman, at the helms affairs across the board to end so many inefficiencies, acts of nepotism, corruption, marginalization and other dangerous ills bedevilling Nigeria embassies in the diaspora.
“Nigerians in Diaspora need more Ambassadors like Minister Sulaimon in all our diplomatic missions across the world to uplift the image of our dear country and protect the interest our nationals irrespective of class or tribe. He is not just a diplomatic representative of Nigeria, he is a fatherly figure to us all.
According to Hon. Ayoola ” the Chargé d`Affairs of the Nigerian Embassy in the Nordic countries, Minister Sulaimon, has proved himself not only as a true Nigerian, but his patriotism to the Nigeria nation is also a source of great pride to us the younger generation.
If every Nigeria Ambassadors will be like His Excellency, Minister Ibrahim Sulaimon, the Nigeria image at the international scene will be far better than what it is today especially in Sweden.’
We can boldly testify that before he replaced the ousted ambassador of the Nigeria High Commission to the Nordic countries, most Nigerians in the Nordic countries never believed in the Nigeria Mission in Sweden, because of inefficiencies, and since the inception of Minister Sulaiman, as Chargé d`Affairs at Embassy in Sweden, the Nigeria embassy is reengineered and up to its responsibilities, restored hope and confidence in the embassy services.
During the question and answers section of the celebration, the Nigerian embassy in the Nordic countries, Head of immigration, Mr Paul-Oko Ifeanyi and the Minister, Sulaimon took time to attentively listened and addressed the concerns of Nigerians regarding Covid-19 travelling policy of the Federal government of Nigeria, the newly introduced 79 types of visa, passport renewal and others.