Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday played host to the Saudi Arabian Minister of Foreign Affairs at State House, Abuja, declaring that the oil-rich kingdom has been quite kind to Nigeria.
Receiving HRH Prince Faisal Bin Farhan Al-Saud, the President said with Nigeria’s large population and infrastructural deficit, the country needed all the revenue she could get from oil, a mainstay of the economy, “and Saudi Arabia has been very kind to us, making a sacrifice by reducing production to accommodate us a number of times”, Buhari said, according to a statement issued on Tuesday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
President Buhari noted that the relationship between the two countries is very strong, “and dates back in time, both at the personal and national levels. It is long and steadfast,” the President added.
Responding to the President, the Minister expressed the wishes of the Saudi King, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, saying his country appreciates the relations with Nigeria, “which dates back 61 years”. We want to strengthen it even further, he added
The two countries, he said, have good prospects both economically and politically, not just among the leaders, but also the people. “There’s still a lot we can do together,” Prince Faisal further said.