Buhari to Emir of Qatar, we need your expertise

President Muhamadu Buhari has beckoned on the Emir of Qater, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-thani, to lend intelligence to Nigeria.

Buhari said this on the Emir’s visit to Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President, Femi Adesina.

Buhari aid Nigeria needs Qater’s investment in petroleum, power, aviation, agriculture, railways sectors.

He also called for their intervention in the recharge of Lake Chad with water from the Congo Basin, so as to grant succour to the more than 30 million people adversely affected by the shrinkage of the lake over the years.

President Buhari said, “We invite you to invest in our refineries, pipelines, power sector, aviation, agriculture, education, and many others so that you can have your management here to oversee the investment. We need your expertise.”

“We need help with the recharge of Lake Chad, as it is not a project that the concerned countries can handle alone,” President Buhari said, adding: “Recharging the lake will bring back fishing, farming, animal husbandry, and the youths won’t be attracted by insurgency or illegal migration. We want Qatar to be involved because of the humanitarian nature of the endeavour.”

In his remarks, Sheikh Hamad Al-thani said he was honoured and happy to be in Nigeria for the first time, stressing it was a reciprocal visit to the one paid to Qatar in 2016 by President Buhari.

“The relationship between our countries is very good. We just have to build on it,” the emir said. “We share a lot of similarities in different areas. We need to enhance bilateral trade and economic cooperation. We are willing to do a lot more with Nigeria, and will continue to work on investment opportunities of mutual benefit,” he added.

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