Nigerian President Mr. Muhammadu Buhari bade farewell to High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Nigeria on 27 October, 2020 on a digital platform. During the audience, the
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Bangladesh high Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Md. Shameem Ahsan, for the achievements made during his tenure and felicitated with him for his next Ambassadorial assignment. The President pointedly mentioned the on-going cooperation in the fields of agriculture and defence while expressing satisfaction with the growing relationship between the two 0countries.
On his part, the outgoing High Commissioner sincerely thanked the Nigerian government for the generous support and cooperation he received during his tenure. Mr. Ahsan expressed deep satisfaction that there had been notable developments in bilateral relations namely, unveiling of a Commemorative Stamp, released by the NIPOST (Nigerian Postal Service) to mark the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by the Foreign Ministers of Bangladesh and Nigeria, signing of an MoU between the Foreign (Permanent) Secretaries of the Foreign Ministries of the two countries on Bilateral Consultations and MoU between two national Chambers (FBCCI and NACCIMA), among others.
While stressing the need for the utilization of untapped huge potentials to expand bilateral trade and economic relations, Mr. Ahsan mentioned that two-way trade between the two countries increased from US$ 11.27 million (FY2018-19) to US$ 144.75 million (FY2019-20). The High Commissioner expressed satisfaction that over 60 team-members from Bangladesh visited Nigeria for various events during 2018 and 2019. He sincerely thanked Nigeria for its constructive role on the issue of forcefully displaced Myanmar nationals at the UN, OIC and other forums. The High Commissioner drew the attention of the Nigerian President about opening of a resident Mission in Dhaka. Finally, the Bangladesh High Commissioner extended an invitation to the Nigerian President to visit Bangladesh on behalf of the Honorable President and Honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh.