President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has promised to continue partnership with Kenya, thanking his host President Uhuru Kenyatta for inviting him and his team to the country.
He was speaking after the Bilateral talks between the two heads of states at State House, Nairobi.
President Buhari said that they went over the initiatives taken from 2003 to last year and noted that the MoUs signed then and the other agreements have rapidly made progress.
Commenting about Kenya’s discovery of oil and gas, Buhari said that Kenya could learn from Nigeria’s 50-year exploitation of the resources.
“We congratulate Kenya for discovering oil and gas – an area of great economic potential which Nigeria had the benefit of exploiting for over 50 years. We believe with indigenous technology, trained people from Nigeria will be able to help.”
He noted that his country was ready to learn from Kenya’s agriculture initiatives. “We are going to benefit a lot from agriculture in Kenya. That is why the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development is part of my team here.”
“On the area of security, Nigeria has been very lucky in the sense that our immediate neighbors in the Lake Chad Basin Commission, that is Chad, Niger and Cameroon, are helping Nigeria to fight Boko Haram. We have been making progress and I believe Kenya has been making progress also with its neighbor Somalia,” Buhari noted that they would be discussing the issue as a continent at the African Union in Ethiopia this week.
“And globally, since terrorism does not respect borders, does not respect cultures, does not respect ethnicity, it has become a global affair. So we have to do our best, in spite of the unfortunate demand it is making on the lean resources, to spend on security rather than social services like education, healthcare, water and infrastructure. A lot of money has to be spent on defense because unless we secure the country, we cannot manage it.”
He extended his gratitude to President Kenyatta noting that he has learnt a lot from him.
Mr Buhari said the meeting exhaustively discussed on security, the economy and even touched on corruption and how it destroys the system and morale of the nation state.
“I thank you very much Mr. President for this invitation. I assure you that we will rapidly make progress from now onwards on the MoUs and agreements already entered especially on trade and security,” he concluded.