- Geoffrey Onyeama said the international community support President Buhari
- He said there is a renewed interest in investing in Nigeria
- The foreign affairs minister accused Enugu state government of non-performance
The minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has said that President Muhammadu Buhari enjoys the support of the international community.
Vanguard reports that the minister spoke on Wednesday, August 22 at Awgu, Enugu state, when the Enugu West Peoples Assembly donated vehicles in support of President Buhari’s 2019 presidential election campaign.
He said the report that the international community was afraid to invest in Nigeria was wrong saying the president enjoys a lot of goodwill ahead of the 2019 election.
He said: “The international community is very supportive of President Buhari. As you can see President Buhari has transformed our relationship with foreign countries and also the perception of Nigeria by foreign leaders. An evidence of that is the rate and number of high level foreign leaders that are coming to Nigeria.
“Next week, for instance, which is very unusual for any country, we are having the UK Prime Minister and two days later will be the visit of the German Chancellor. This shows what they feel about President Buhari, that Nigeria is now a country they want to do business with.”
On rumour that the president was scaring the international community away, Onyeama said: "It’s on the contrary. Mr. President has taken the initiative to establish the presidential enabling business environment council chaired by the Vice President and the world Bank ranks countries according to ease of doing business.
“Within one year of Mr. President establishing this council, and taking measures to making doing business easier, Nigeria has jumped about 25 places in the world Bank ranking and has been promoted the most impressive jobs in Nigeria in the last one year. so the whole world is seeing that Nigeria under President Buhari is more and more a place of doing business.”
Onyeama also accused Enugu state of non-performance for the past three years.
He said: “The state government spends so much money on advertisement but pensioners are not being paid. We want a serious government because Enugu is matured to have a serious government. It is not winning the election that is the matter but plans for governance.
“It is not about building houses everywhere; I am looking for better governance in Enugu state. The people who elected leaders should be the ones dictating the pace of governance and not in the other way round.”
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Meanwhile, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has said the decision of “patriotic Nigerians” to extend Buhari’s presidency beyond 2019 was borne out of a genuine desire to deepen good governance and transparency in Nigeria.
The governor who stated this on Saturday, August 18, while fielding questions from some selected international media said President Buhari has saved the nation from economic calamities caused by “deep stealing by the previous administrations in the country”, Vanguard reports.
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