Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday urged Nigerians to see the current difficult times the country was going through as opportunity to do the right things to bring a turnaround for all.
The Vice President was speaking when the Australian Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary, African Branch, Mathew Neuhaus, visited him in Abuja. He was accompanied on the visit by the country’s High Commissioner in Nigeria, Paul Lehmann.
He said although the country might be experiencing difficulties at the moment, the Buhari administration would ensure that the Nigerians derived the greatest benefits from her resources.
“It is a difficult time. But, we think it is an excellent opportunity to do right by the people so that our people are able to get the benefit of the nation’s resources,” Mr. Osinbajo said.
He called attention to the steps the presidency was making in the areas of security, good governance, anti-corruption and growth of the economy.
Apart from the liberalization of the downstream sector of the oil and gas industry, the VP also pointed at the flexible foreign exchange policy just unveiled by the Central Bank of Nigeria to encourage foreign investment.
He told his guest that the country was looking forward to the benefits of the new foreign exchange policy to attract new investment to the country.
Commending the Australian government for its “excellent support” in the fight against insurgency in the North east part of the country, the Vice President noted the significant progress so far made militarily to downgrade Boko Haram.
“We have already dealt with Boko Haram militarily. We now have to deal with the ideology (of terror) and this is something that the entire world has to also deal with.
“The terrorists basically reject any engagement, simply preaching hate and murder. It is a new kind of threat, the ideology and motivation is what we-the global community- have to find a way to deal with,” Mr. Osinbajo said.
In his speech, Mr. Neuhaus, who had earlier served as his country’s High Commissioner in Nigeria, congratulated the Buhari administration for its achievement so far, noting that the presidency was “off to a good start.”
Mr. Neuhaus praised the steps taken so far by the administration, describing some of them as “easy,” adding that Australia was looking forward to doing more with the government and working “very closely with Nigeria.”
In particular, he mentioned closer relationship with Nigeria to develop the mining sector and investment, as well as cooperating with the Commonwealth and the United Nations to ensure the country’s development.
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