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Kemi Badenoch: Buhari reacts to appointment of Nigerian as UK Minister

President Muhammadu Buhari praised the appointment of Olukemi Olufunto Badenoch, a Nigerian born in the United Kingdom as Minister of Children and Families for the new British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.

Buhari’s reaction was contained in a statement Wednesday by Garba Shehu, his spokesman.

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In describing her appointment as “well deserved,” the President urged the 39-year-old to consider her new position as an opportunity to justify the confidence placed in her by having a lasting impact.

The Nigerian leader, who said she did not doubt that Badenoch would succeed given her academic qualifications and parliamentary experience, also ordered the junior minister to be seen as an ambassador for her homeland in conduct and performance.

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Recognizing that the appointment of Badenoch is an advantage for Nigerians in the Diaspora, Buhari said: “further confirms my belief that with hard work and integrity, Nigerians can excel in their chosen professions and fields of work anywhere in the world.”

The President, while also applauding Prime Minister Johnson for finding Badenoch adequate, wished his success in the new challenging role.