President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the Coronavirus pandemic affected his administration’s fight against corruption and insecurity in Nigeria.
Buhari stated this while addressing a trade and investment forum at Dubai Expo 2020, organised by the Nigerian Arabian Gulf Chamber of Commerce, Nigeria’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission.
This was contained in a statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina.
Buhari further said the pandemic compounded national efforts in addressing insecurity, fighting corruption and diversifying the nation’s economy.
He also stressed the need for world leaders to work together and reinforce partnerships to limit the catastrophic consequences of the pandemic.
He said, “The concerted efforts by world leaders, working together, enabled us to limit the catastrophic consequences of this pandemic.
‘‘Such level of continuing understanding and pragmatic partnerships are needed and must be reinforced to ensure that our world is a better place that addresses humanity’s common challenges to guarantee sustainable development and progress for the global community.
“Therefore, the Nigerian delegation is participating in this EXPO with great prospects for positive outcomes, while assuring the world of our determination and readiness to partner with relevant investors in our bid to tackle a number of challenges to make Nigeria a better country.
‘‘Nigeria is participating in this epoch-making event in order to explore opportunities that are capable of unlocking the huge potentials that abound in our country, as it makes conscious efforts to be a strategic partner of choice for the global community.
‘‘It is my pleasure, therefore, to invite all participating countries, organizations and other private sector operators to take full advantage of opportunities being provided by the EXPO 2020, by linking up with the Nigerian team, to collaborate with us in diverse areas of interests for our mutual benefits,.
“Nonetheless, the present administration in Nigeria has registered significant progress within a short period of time and is still making headways in key sectors of the economy.”