Nigeria learning hard on economy— Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has admitted that Nigeria is learning the hard way on her economy.
He spoke yesterday at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja while receiving a special envoy from the President of Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is also the country’s Foreign Affairs Minister.
“In Nigeria, we are learning. We are learning the hard way through hardship, and we are learning very quickly on how to explore other sectors of the economy like gas, solid minerals and agriculture for growth,” Buhari said.
He added that his administration was working to tackle Nigeria’s economic challenges within a short period by understudying the experiences of countries like Iran, which according to him, thrived in adversity.
Buhari noted that the Iranian economy remained an inspiration to Nigeria in the deployment of technology to harness and export gas, grow food for the populace and promote entrepreneurship in education.
He said: “The progress made by Iran within a short period of 30 years is really commendable. Within the period, you’ve been able to harness gas flaring and you’re now exporting. You’ve recorded strides in security, manufacturing, agriculture and technology. You’ve also achieved a lot in nuclear research.”
The president congratulated Iran for successfully negotiating with the United States and European countries on the development of its nuclear energy.
Buhari maintained that Nigeria had all the potentials for growing into a great economy through more inclusive planning, consistency in government policies and commitment to the realisation of development targets.
He thanked the Iranian envoy for his support and cooperation in opening up the Nigerian economy for diversification.
Zarif, in his remarks, told Buhari that the Iranian government would support the ongoing restructuring of the Nigerian economy.
“We’re very keen to see a better and stronger relationship with Nigeria, which is the largest country in Africa and a major global player,” he said.
He said he came to Nigeria with a delegation of more than 70 members of the Iranian business community who had started discussions in investing in such sectors as banking, education, scholarship, agriculture, energy, tourism and technology.
From left: Administrator, National Judicial Institute Justice Rosaline Bozimo; Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Muhammed and Imo State Chief Judge Justice Paschal Nnadi during a workshop on research, judicial and legal assistance in Abuja yesterday.