President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, said that Nigeria was learning how to diversify her economy and reduce its reliance on oil.
The President stated this when he was paid a visit by a special envoy from the President of Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Buhari lauded the Iranian government for rising to become one of he developed nations of the world, noting that the country’s development in the last 30 years was commendable.
He further said that his administration was doing all it can to reduce the challenges that the Nigerian economy is facing and that he would learn from the experience of countries like Iran.
Buhari said, “The progress made by Iran within a short period of 30 years is really commendable. Within the period, you have been able to harness gas flaring, and you are now exporting.”
“You have recorded strides in security, manufacturing, agriculture and technology.”
“You have also achieved a lot in nuclear research.”
“I must also congratulate you for successfully negotiating with America and the European countries on the development of your nuclear energy.”
“In Nigeria, we are learning. We are learning the hard way through hardship, and we are learning very quickly on how to explore other sectors of the economy like gas, solid minerals and agriculture for growth.”
“We are grateful for your support and cooperation in opening up the Nigerian economy for diversification.”