Buhari as­sures in­vestors on di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion drive, warns sabo­teurs

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari says his gov­ern­ment will con­tinue to wel­come sup­port and in­vest­ments from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity in the agri­cul­tural and solid min­er­als sec­tors as Nige­ria moves to re­duce de­pen­dence on crude oil.

A state­ment by the Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the Pres­i­dent on Me­dia and Pub­lic­ity, Mal­lam Garba Shehu, quoted the pres­i­dent as say­ing at a farewell au­di­ence with the out­go­ing am­bas­sador of the Repub­lic of Swe­den to Nige­ria, Mr. Svante Ki­lan­der at the State House in Abuja yes­ter­day that his ad­min­is­tra­tion would cre­ate the en­abling en­vi­ron­ment for lo­cal and for­eign in­vest­ments in farm­ing, an­i­mal hus­bandry, fish­ery and the ex­plo­ration of solid min­er­als.

He said a planned visit by some Swedish trade and in­vest­ment del­e­ga­tions to Nige­ria later in the year would fur­ther en­cour­age the on­go­ing process of di­ver­si­fy­ing the Nige­rian econ­omy.

He com­mended the Swedish gov­ern­ment for the sup­port ex­tended to Nige­ria in cater­ing for the needs of Internally Dis­placed Per­sons (IDPs) in the north­east and the on­go­ing re­con­struc­tion of the ar­eas af­fected by ter­ror­ist at­tacks.

Ki­lan­der said his coun­try was pleased with the sweep­ing changes tak­ing place across Nige­ria with clear results in the fight against ter­ror­ism and cor­rup­tion and as­sured that his coun­try would con­tinue to strengthen bi­lat­eral re­la­tions with Nige­ria by en­cour­ag­ing more trade and in­vest­ments be­tween both na­tions.

In an­other de­vel­op­ment, the pres­i­dent has warned that who­ever tries to deter him from fight­ing cor­rup­tion would suf­fer the con­se­quences.

He spoke at the Pres­i­den­tial Villa yes­ter­day while break­ing Ra­madan fast with internally dis­placed per­sons, the phys­i­cally chal­lenged, taxi drivers, com­mer­cial mo­tor­cy­cle riders and ar­ti­sans.

The pres­i­dent said he knew how to deal with those op­pos­ing his anti-cor­rup­tion war.

Buhari, who spoke in English and Hausa, ob­served that the elite was self­cen­tred.

"We're com­mit­ted to tack­ling cor­rup­tion in this coun­try, but who­ever tries to deter us from fight­ing cor­rup­tion will suf­fer the con­se­quences. It's un­for­tu­nate that the elite are self-cen­tred and they only think about them­selves," he said.

Pres­i­dent Buhari blamed the na­tion's cur­rent so­cioe­co­nomic malaise on the mis­man­age­ment of re­sources by the ad­min­is­tra­tion of his pre­de­ces­sor, Dr Good­luck Jonathan.

"Be as­sured that we care about you at all times. This gov­ern­ment is con­cerned about your wel­fare and we will work hard to im­prove it," he as­sured.

An internally dis­placed per­son, Mus­bau Diti, who spoke on be­half of oth­ers, urged Buhari to al­le­vi­ate the suf­fer­ings of the IDPs in the var­i­ous camps across Nige­ria.

He also ap­pealed for the es­tab­lish­ment of a com­mis­sion for per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties.

Vice Pres­i­dent Yemi Os­in­bajo, House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Speaker Yakubu Dog­ara, Sec­re­tary to the Gov­ern­ment of the Fed­er­a­tion Babachir Lawal and FCT Min­is­ter Mo­hammed Musa Bello were present at the din­ner.

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