Botswana High Commissioner to Nigeria, Lt. General Louis M. Fisher (rtd) has applauded Nigeria for playing vital role in the development of his country.
General Fisher, who made the commendation while celebrating his country’s 49th independence anniversary in Abuja recently, recalled that Nigeria supported the liberation struggle in Southern Africa, provided training opportunities for many young people of Botswana in Nigerian institutions of higher learning.
He said, “Nigeria was the second African country after Zambia to open a high commission in Botswana. Subsequently, when we needed a chief justice, we came to Nigeria and Justice Akinola Aguda was provided to head Botswana judiciary. His Lordship was followed by many other Nigerian professionals who joined the Botswana civil service and private sector.”
The high commissioner pointed out that Botswana citizens who trained in Nigeria include the current president.
“We shall therefore remain forever grateful to the people of Nigeria for their generosity despite the many challenges they faced back home. I am happy to note that these exchanges and cooperation between our two countries have continued to grow from strength to strength.”
Botswana celebrated her independence on September 30, marking four decades of internal peace, political stability and peaceful coexistence with all her neigbours.
The retire General also noted that Botswana had over the years recorded significant achievements in socio-economic development, which he said had earned the country accolades from around the world.
“My country has been transformed from one of the poorest and least developed in the world at independence in 1966 to a middle income country it is today,” he stated.

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