Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari goes to Qatar and Saudi Arabia on a quest for material and spiritual relief for Nigeria’s problems
NIGERIAN President Muhammadu Buhari started a week-long official visit to Riyadyh, Saudi Arabia and Doha, Qatar on Monday, February 22. Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, announced the president’s trips in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday.
According to the statement, Ibe Kachikwu, minister of state for petroleum and group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, is among the high powered delegation who will accompany the president, who is expected to hold talks with Saudi authorities on stability in the price of oil.
Adesina said that before going on to Doha, the president would also visit Medina and Mecca to pray for greater peace, prosperity and progress in Nigeria.
President Buhari will first fly to Riyadyh for talks on Tuesday, February 23, with King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and senior officials of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
According to Adesina, “Ongoing efforts by Nigeria and other members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, to achieve greater stability in the price of crude oil exports are expected to be high on the agenda of discussions between President Buhari and the Saudi Monarch.
“Crude oil prices and market stability will also be on the front burner when President Buhari goes on to Doha on Saturday for talks on Sunday with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani”.
The president is also scheduled to meet with leading Saudi and Qatari businessmen in Riyadh and Doha, and invite them to support his administration’s efforts to revamp the Nigerian economy by taking advantage of the great investment opportunities currently available in Nigeria’s mining, agriculture, power supply, infrastructure, transportation, communications and other sectors.
Buhari will also meet with heads of international financial organisations and multilateral associations in Saudi Arabia
— February 22, 2016 @ 9:20 GMT