President Buhari has stated that Nigerians’ international competitiveness begins in Nigeria, where they have received an excellent education.
According to a statement released by presidential spokesperson Femi Adesina, the President said this during a meeting with His Excellency Shaikh Shakboot Alnahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on the sidelines of the Paris Peace Forum in Paris today November 12.
“Nigerians are all over the place, very competitive. And the competitiveness starts from home, where they have acquired good education, gone into businesses, and then take all that abroad.” the President was quoted as saying
According to the statement, President Buhari encouraged Nigerians in Diaspora to “subject themselves to the rules and standards of the country in which they live either as working class, or doing businesses.”
He welcomed the offer by UAE to partner with Nigeria in the areas of renewable energy, agriculture, infrastructure logistics, and provision of vaccines to further control the COVID-19 pandemic.
Minister Shakboot Alnahyan stated his country “esteems” President Buhari’s leadership and that he is working to “create a brighter future for future generations.”
He said that there were many Nigerians in his nation “who offer a lot of value,” and that the relationship’s recent difficulties were “now behind us.” For the future, we wish to secure, develop, and enhance the relationship. We share a lot of interests. We may be taking baby steps, but they are moves in the right direction.”
Alnahyan described projected investments in Nigeria as a win-win situation that would “provide hope and possibilities to people in both nations.” We want to come in and offer value.
He equally commended the Nigerian government for its robust tackling of violent extremism.