Muhammadu Buhari

Tobi Soniyi in Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has advised the South Sudanese government to invest more in agriculture and not to depend solely on oil revenues to grow the nation’s economy.

A statement issued in Abuja by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said Buhari‎ gave the advice while receiving the outgoing South Sudanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Makuet Riak, at the State House in Abuja.

Buhari said South Sudan could avoid the mistake made by Nigeria in her over-reliance on oil revenue.

The president told the outgoing envoy that Nigeria’s economy, which had been heavily dependent on oil over the years, had been adversely affected by the drop in global oil prices.

“Investing in sustainable agriculture is one of the best ways to provide jobs for the people and keep the nation productive.

“Food security is important to any country and that is what we are trying to achieve here, years after we `threw away’ agriculture for oil,’’ the president said.

Buhari also praised the excellent relations between Nigeria and South Sudan and reaffirmed his commitment to strengthening existing bilateral ties.