President Muhammadu Buhari is currently in France on a three-day official visit.
During a business meeting on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, Buhari told investors that there’s more to Nigeria than oil.
“It is a positive development that today Nigeria is the largest trading partner with France in Africa. Today many French companies are happy to have flourishing businesses in Nigeria, opportunities abound to greatly increase the $5billion annual trade volume between the two countries,” Buhari said.
“Nigeria is now at a new dawn to chart and reposition its destiny for greatness. We are resolved and firmly determined to consolidate on industrializing Nigeria and diversifying its economy into sectors such as agro-processing, mining, manufacturing, petro-chemicals, food processing and textiles.
Nigeria has what it takes to make a break-through and there is more to Nigeria than oil. It is a blessed land rich in agricultural and mineral resources coupled with skilled and low-cost labour, large market, robust and competitive private sector,” he added.
Buhari has also succeeded in securing the help of the French government for Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram.