President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed appreciation to Portugal for helping to stabilise some hotpots in Africa.
Speaking at a state dinner in Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, the President noted Portugal had deployed troops for peacekeeping in the Central African Republic, monitored political developments, and provided assistance to some countries in Africa, including Equatorial Guinea, Cape Verde, and Mozambique.
He said Nigerian Government had made it a priority to tackle the issue of insecurity in Nigeria, the ECOWAS, and the Sahel, and expressed appreciation to regional and global partners for their support.
President Buhari expressed optimism that his state visit would further strengthen the goodwill and collaboration between Nigeria and Portugal.
He observed that the establishment of a Joint Commission, which is one of the main priorities of the visit, would further promote the full realisation of the objectives of bilateral relations, achieving concrete, specific, and viable projects and programmes for the benefit of citizens of the two countries.
The President said with Portugal importing about 60 percent of gas from Nigeria, making her Nigeria’s second-largest market in Europe, more could be achieved between the two countries.
President Buhari described Nigeria as one of the most attractive destinations for investment in Africa, adding that his administration is prioritising building a business-friendly environment.
He welcomed the Business Forum, organised during the visit and the signing of many Memoranda of Understanding between the two countries’ investment promotion agencies and chambers of commerce.
President Buhari also commended his Portuguese counterpart for extending his country’s engagement with Africa and African issues beyond Lusophone countries.
Reporting by Abdullah Bello, Editing by Omotola Oguneye