President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday bade farewell to the Ambassador of Socialist Republic of Vietnam, His Excellency Luong Quoc Thinh, who had completed his three-year term in Nigeria. The President expressed his appreciation for Vietnam’s support in security and economic development and hoped that the bilateral relations between the two countries would continue to grow. Ambassador Thinh congratulated the Nigerian President on the successful 2023 general elections and the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in various polls.


According to a statement by presidential spokesman Femi Adesina, the Vietnamese ambassador hailed Nigeria’s admirable handling of the global health challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and its efforts towards rebuilding the economy. He also expressed his desire for mutual relations between the Communist Party of Vietnam and the APC.


President Buhari thanked the ambassador for his successful term and wished him the best in his next assignment. He noted that during Ambassador Thinh’s tenure, they had virtually lived together, emphasizing the close relationship between Nigeria and Vietnam.


The President’s farewell message is a reflection of Nigeria’s commitment to strengthening ties with other nations in areas such as security, trade, and cultural exchange. The successful 2023 general elections marked a significant milestone for Nigeria’s democracy, and it’s commendable to see ambassadors like His Excellency Luong Quoc Thinh congratulate the Nigerian President on the APC’s victory.


The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many countries globally, but Nigeria has shown remarkable resilience in handling the crisis. The rebuilding of the economy has been a top priority for the Nigerian government, and Ambassador Thinh’s commendation is a testament to the country’s efforts towards achieving this goal.


In conclusion, the farewell between President Muhammadu Buhari and the Vietnamese ambassador highlights the strong diplomatic ties between Nigeria and Vietnam. As Nigeria continues to foster relationships with other nations, it is essential to maintain mutual respect and support for each other’s goals.