President Muhammadu Buhari said Tuesday in
Abuja that his administration will continue to
welcome the support and understanding of the
United States as it strives to achieve greater
internal security and socio-economic progress
in Nigeria.
Receiving a delegation led by the United
States Secretary of Commerce, Ms Penny
Pritzker at the Presidential Villa, President
Buhari applauded ongoing American
collaboration with his administration on
security and developmental issues.
“I remain grateful for the reception accorded
me and my team when we visited the United
States at the invitation of President Obama.
“We discussed security, corruption,
infrastructure, and many other issues.
“We thank America for sending experts to train
our troops and providing hardware for our
military because we must first stabilize the
country before we can move it forward,” the
President told the delegation which included
the United States Ambassador to Nigeria,
James Entwistle, and three others.
The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who
was at the meeting, said that although Nigeria
currently faces serious challenges, it is also a
time of great opportunities for the country.
“It’s time to diversify our economy from oil.
We’ve always talked about it, but never got
round to doing it. The opportunity has come
now. We have all it takes to be an agricultural
nation. We also have solid minerals and we
must develop our infrastructure in order to aid
Ms Pritzker told President Buhari that she was
in Nigeria with 10 leading American business
men and women, at the prompting of President
“The purpose is to better understand the
opportunities and challenges of doing
business in Nigeria. Our team is very
optimistic about your government’s
commitment to security, good governance,
fighting corruption, having reliable and regular
regulatory policies.
“All these make us optimistic about working
together. We are not here to sell policies, but
to partner with you,” she said.


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