You Must Be Good Ambassadors – Buhari Urges Nigerians In Qatar
BEVERLY HILLS, February 28, (THEWILL) – President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the members of the Nigerian community in Doha, to be good ambassadors of the country and rekindle the spirit of patriotism and selfless service to encourage more foreign investment in the country.
Speaking at a town hall meeting with the group, the President assured them that the Federal Government would continue to create the enabling environment for investments in the country, anchored on peace and security.
“Like I tell other Nigerians living in other countries, you must be good ambassadors of the country because globally things are quite difficult in terms of security and the economy,” he said.
“We have abundant natural and human resources in the country, including huge oil and gas deposit but the challenge is securing those installations and to persuade some of our countrymen to be more patriotic and stop sabotaging the installations.
“When people are being abducted and some are being murdered, when installations are being blown up now and then, the incentives for people to invest in our infrastructure is quite slim.
“If you have something doing, please hold it tight to your heart and try to improve on it because things are quite difficult all over.
“For us in Nigeria, we are trying to do our best to reduce unemployment and we realized this quite early enough, that is why we campaigned on the diversification of the economy.
“We have to go back to agriculture, like in the good old days of cocoa, palm oil, palm kernel, cottons, groundnuts, hides and skins.”
On the fight against terrorism, the President revealed that the military have made remarkable progress in dislodging Boko Haram terrorists from their previous strongholds in the North eastern part of the country.
“When we came in May 2015, the Boko Haram were effectively holding 14 local governments out of 774 local governments in Nigeria but today they are not holding a single local government,” he said.
He added that the military and law enforcement agencies were working very hard to prevent and counter Boko Haram attacks on soft targets in the country and promised to look into the complaints of alleged blanket denial of visas to families and relatives of Nigerians intending to visit the State of Qatar.
Story by David Oputah