It’s like start­ing all over on econ­omy — Buhari

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari has ex­pressed re­gret that the coun­try took things for granted when it had so much money and was now like start­ing all over again on the econ­omy.

He spoke at the Aso Rock Pres­i­den­tial Villa in Abuja yes­ter­day while re­ceiv­ing Am­bas­sador Nasser Bourita, a spe­cial en­voy of King Mo­hammed VI of Morocco, who is also the coun­try’s Min­is­ter Del­e­gate for For­eign Af­fairs and Co­op­er­a­tion.

“For us in Nige­ria, it is like start­ing all over again. There was a time we had so much money and took things for granted. But with the fall in the in­ter­na­tional price of oil, we are now man­ag­ing,” Buhari said.

Ac­cord­ing to the pres­i­dent, Nige­ria is in a hurry to see projects take off in the agri­cul­tural sec­tor in or­der to en­hance food se­cu­rity and create jobs for teem­ing unem­ployed youths.

He wel­comed the plan by Morocco to es­tab­lish a fer­tiliser plant in Nige­ria which would serve the coun­try and the en­tire West Africa.

In his re­marks, Bourita said his coun­try had de­vel­oped a strat­egy to deal with re­li­gious ex­trem­ism, and had largely been suc­cess­ful in fight­ing ter­ror­ism.

Photo: Felix Onig­binde

From right: Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari; Del­e­gate to the Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs and Co­op­er­a­tion, and Moroc­can Spe­cial En­voy Nasser Bourita, and Direc­tor Yas­sine Man­souri dur­ing an au­di­ence with the Pres­i­dent at the State House Abuja yes­ter­day.

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