Nigeriaâ€™s strongest selling point remains an â€œintellectually aggressive and economically ambitiousâ€™â€™ populace that always seeks self-improvement and self-actualisation in any part of the world, President Muhammadu Buhari saidÂ MondayÂ in Rabat, Morocco.
In an audience with the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Morocco, Saadeddine Othmani, at the Royal Guest Palace, President Buhari said Nigeriaâ€™s â€œvisionary and resilient populationâ€™â€™ works hard to always position the country for more growth.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, he said the population was Â fuelled by a largely youthful group that continually wants to contribute to development.
â€œNigerians are intellectually aggressive and economically ambitious. I received some of our students here yesterday and I am really impressed with the zeal and fearlessness they exuded.
â€œIn Nigeria we have a very young and aggressive population and we are working very hard to create the enabling and inclusive environment for their contributions to be better appreciated,â€™â€™ the President told the Prime Minister.
President Buhari said his government was harnessing the human and material resources available in the country, especially in the educational and agricultural sectors, while seeking partnerships with countries that can explore the huge potentials in Nigeria.
The president noted that Nigeria was already on the verge of an agricultural revolution as the importation of rice had been cut down by 90 per centÂ in 18 months.
â€œWe need to do more to improve our statistics on food production and graciously, the weather has been auspicious in the last couple of years for agricultural growth. We are happy that through partnership with you and hardwork the price of fertiliser is already down by 50 per cent,â€™â€™ he said.
On the three agreements signed during his visit, namely, Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline project, vocational training in agriculture and building of a chemical plant in Nigeria, the president assured the prime minister that they would receive appropriate attention.
â€œWe have a huge gas reserve in Nigeria, and we should be known more for gas exploration than for crude oil. So, we are happy with the new partnership with Morocco,â€™â€™ he added.
The prime minister said his country had always been impressed by Nigeriaâ€™s intellectual zeal and strength, noting that â€œmany Moroccans appreciate the intellectual contribution of Nigerians, especially in literary works.â€™â€™
â€œYour visit to our country is historic and we are looking forward to more partnerships, especially among our universities, which would further consolidate our relationship,â€™â€™ Othman said.
President Buhari also met with the head of the Moroccan legislature, Habib El Malki, and the President of the Advisers on Commerce, Ben Chemmas.
The Nigerian leader ended his two-day visit to the Kingdom of Morocco with a visit to the mausoleum where he laid wreaths on the tombs of past kings.
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