Tobi Soniyi in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja said his administration would continue to welcome innovative ideas in the gas, technology and agricultural sectors to re-position the economy.
A statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said Buhari spoke while receiving the Letter of Credence of the High Commissioner of the Republic of India, Mr. Nagabhushana Reddy, at the State House.
Buhari said Nigeria would strengthen cooperation with the Asian country on education, technology transfer and military training.
India is the highest buyer of Nigerian crude oil.
Buhari said: “The relationship between Nigeria and India is a long one. The relationship pre-dates Nigeria’s independence and as soon as we got our independence we opened a mission in New Delhi.
“Our relationship cuts across education, military, trade manufacturing and technology. I recall schooling at the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington from 1970 to 1973 and the significant role India played in establishing the Nigerian Defence Academy.
“Certainly, you are also the biggest buyer of Nigeria’s crude oil today. We need more of that partnership as Nigeria tries to be more innovative in education, manufacturing and agriculture to diversify the economy,” he said.
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