PRESIDENT BUHARI IN AUDIENCE FROM ITALIAN PARLIAMENT 5. R-L; President Muhammadu Buhari and Carbinet Members, Italian Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Stefano Pontesilli, Italian Parliamentary, Ms. Elena Okechukwu, Italian Parliamentary, Sen V.R Petrocelli, Senator T.C. Iwobi, Senator Manuel Vescovi, Dr Giovanni BaiocchiCEO-Vitali Group SPA, Mr. Christian Vitali, CEO Same Deutz-Fahr and Chairman-Nardi Group Mr. P. Gueriero during an audience with the Delegation held at the State House in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JUNE 10 2019.

President Muhammadu Buhari has welcomed the support of the Italian government to help recover and repatriate illegally deposited Nigerian assets in foreign countries.

President Buhari spoke when he received a delegation from the Italian Parliament led by Senator Vito Petrocelli, Chairman Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs at State House.

The Italian Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Stefano Pontesilli, who accompanied the delegation, while conveying the message of the Italian Government had told the Nigerian leader: that they are willing to cooperate with the present administration 100 per cent on illicit assets repatriation.

Responding, President Buhari commended the Italian government for demonstrating ‘open-mindedness and willingness to cooperate with Nigeria on the issue of repatriation of stolen funds.

The President while acknowledging the good wishes of the Italian government in the aftermath of the February 23 presidential election, told the delegation that his second term in office would consolidate on the progress recorded in the last four years in the country.

He also used the occasion to remind developed countries to do the needful on reviving Lake Chad.

President Buhari thanked the Italian government for its policy of accommodating displaced persons, particularly African refugees.

The President also appreciated the Italian delegation for emphasizing the cordial relationship between Nigeria and Italy and the need to establish a bilateral committee on friendship that would identify areas of cooperation and work collectively.

Earlier, Senator Petrocelli had told President Buhari that the delegation, which included Senator Tony Chike Iwobi, Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, a Nigerian and first African to be elected into the Italian Parliament, was in the country to attend to the June 12 Democracy Day celebrations.

He also congratulated the Nigerian leader on his re-election.