President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed what he discussed with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, during their closed-door meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The President made this known in a statement issued by Buhari’s special adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
In his meeting, Buhari told Qatar to invest in Nigeria’s sectors including petroleum, power, aviation, agriculture and railways so as to uplift the quality of life of Nigerians.
“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,” President Buhari said.
On the receding Lake Chad, he said of the over 30 million people affected, more than half were in Nigeria, and it has contributed greatly to illegal migration, as innumerable youths dare the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea, in order to find safer shores in Europe.
He said: “We need help with the recharge of Lake Chad, as it is not a project that the concerned countries can handle alone.
“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.’’
While speaking during his meeting with the President, Sheikh Hamad Al-Thani 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.”