Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has assured its citizens that the country would continue to deepen socio-economic relationships with her allies, particularly those with whom she shares mutually beneficial interests,
The President, while receiving the outgoing Ambassadors of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, and Republic of Turkey at the State House in Abuja said the core policies of the administration securing the country, fighting corruption, and reviving the economy – could not be effectively done without good neighbourliness and deepening of relationship with allies.
This is just as the President told Zekaria Gutu, the outgoing Ethiopian Ambassador that security and economic development were crucial to any country.
“ It was why I visited our immediate neighbours once I got into office, I visited Chad, Niger, Cameroon, and Benin Republic. You will spend less money on security, and deploy more resources to infrastructural development, when you are in good terms with your neighbours,” he stated.
The President congratulated Ethiopia on the political stability that has been attained in the country, after a recent change of the PrimeMinister.
Ambassador Gutu described Nigeria and Ethiopia as “strategic partners” who have deep relationship, adding that her over three-year stay was a period that saw the furtherance of bilateral relations between the two countries.
During the audience with Hakan Cakil of Republic of Turkey, President Buhari congratulated the outgoing Ambassador on the close relationship between the two countries, and thanked Turkey for academic scholarships granted scores of young Nigerians in recent times.
He also lauded government and private investments in Nigeria in diverse areas like education, medical institutions, and others.
“We value the relationship, we will build further on it,” President Buhari said.
Ambassador Cakil, who was on tour of duty for about three years, noted that Nigeria was his country’s most strategic partner in sub-Saharan Africa.
“I had my first ambassadorial posting here, and I am lucky that during my time, the President of Turkey came here, and the Nigerian President was also in Turkey. I will never forget it,” he stated.