President Muhammadu Buhari Friday said Nigeria, like other countries in the world, was impacted negatively by the COVID-19 pandemic thereby compounding national effort in addressing insecurity, fighting corruption and diversifying the nation’s economy.
The president said this in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), during the Nigeria Day at EXPO DUBAI 2020.
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He, however, said his administration had registered significant progress within a short period and was still making headway in key sectors of the economy.
President Buhari, in a statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, underscored the need for world leaders to work together and reinforce partnerships to limit the catastrophic consequences of the pandemic amid the global surge in cases of the virus.
He said the theme of the very important global event, “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, had placed a moral burden on all stakeholders across national boundaries to urgently work together for a better and brighter future.
The statement reads in part: “The concerted effort by world leaders, working together, enabled us to limit the catastrophic consequences of this pandemic.
‘‘Such level of continuing understanding and pragmatic partnerships are needed and must be reinforced to ensure that our world is a better place that addresses humanity’s common challenges to guarantee sustainable development and progress for the global community.”
The president said the Nigerian delegation was participating in the EXPO with great prospects for positive outcomes, while assuring the world of her determination and readiness to partner with relevant investors in her bid to tackle a number of challenges to make Nigeria a better country.