President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday received the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-thani, at State House, Abuja, urging him to invest in Nigeria.
According to a statement by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity, investments in sectors like petroleum, power, aviation, agriculture, railways, and many others, featured prominently as the two leaders met.
It said also on the front burners was the recharge of Lake Chad with water from the Congo Basin, so as to grant succour to the more than 30 million people adversely affected by the shrinkage of the lake over the years.
“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,” the statement quoted President Buhari as saying.
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. A large number die in the process.43