President Muhammadu Buhari has on Thursday, urged investors and international communities to take advantage of the diversity of Nigeria in both human and natural resources for investment.
The President further stressed that his administration remains committed to youth development. Integration and employment.
He made the statement at the ceremony to receive the Letters of Credence of the Ambassadors of Belgium, Austria, Mauritania and Norway at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
This was contained in a statement signed and sent to DAILY POST by Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina.
According to Buhari: “Nigeria is ready to pursue broader dialogue, as well as enhance cooperation and collaboration on the basis of constructive mutual respect and a shared vision for our future.’
“As you may know, Nigeria is an ethnic and culturally diverse society with various opportunities which we seek to creatively utilise for the benefit of our people. We are also a country with a huge population which is predominantly youthful.
“These pose peculiar new challenges of their own. As Nigeria relates with your countries, it is our expectation that we should leverage the advantages that can yield positive results in youth development in our country.’’
The Ambassadors who presented their Letters of Credence to President Buhari are, Mr Daniel Bertrand, Ambassador of Belgium, Mr Thomas Schlesinger, Ambassador of Austria, Mr Amedi Camara, Ambassador of Mauritania, and Mr Knut Eiliv Lein, Ambassador of Norway.
President Buhari said Nigeria has enjoyed good bilateral relations with the respective countries and had collaborated at the multilateral level to achieve the targets set by several international conventions and treaties.
“Allow me to offer you my sincere congratulations as you commence your diplomatic duties as defined by the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. As we celebrate its 60th anniversary, next year, it is my hope that you will carry out your respective mandates to improve existing cordial relations between our countries consistent with the provisions of this time-honoured convention.’’
The President told the ambassadors that there is an urgent need to enhance the cordial relations already existing in the interest of the citizens and countries.
“Nigeria shares common problems of insecurity, the impact of climate change and socio-economic challenges common among nations. Notwithstanding these challenges, efforts are being made to sustain our position to overcome these difficulties. I invite you to partner with us to address these challenges.
“As a global family, we are impacted by several other common challenges like terrorism, insurgency, climate change, population explosion, human trafficking, corruption, poverty, and now the global health pandemic which Coronavirus represents considering its mayhem across the world.’’
“The survival of humanity depends on our efforts to enhance our cooperation to attain the goals of global peace and economic prosperity.’’
In his remark, the Ambassador of Belgium, on behalf of others, thanked President Buhari for making out time to receive their Letters of Credence despite the peculiar situation caused by the COVID-19, assuring that the ambassadors will make use of the opportunity in enhancing the relations in commerce, economics and socio-cultural issues.
“Your Excellency, we are at your disposal to strengthen and narrow the ties, not only in economic and commercial issues but also in cultural terms,’’ he added.
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