President Muhammadu Buhari has hailed the relationship between Nigeria and Saudi Arabia, which he described as ‘mutually-beneficial’.
He expressed optimism that the relationship would grow stronger in the years to come.
The President said during an audience with the outgoing Ambassador of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Fahad Bin Abdullah Sefyan, a farewell audience at State House, Abuja, that the relationship between the countries was strong, adding that apart from visiting Mecca and Medina for religious reasons, a lot of Nigerians are in Saudi Arabian universities.
He also noted that the last farming season was quite good, and the Nigerian economy was gradually reviving, adding that the two countries would have more areas to collaborate in future.
“I quite appreciate the relationship between the two countries,” he said.
Sefyan, who spent 20 months on tour of duty, said he loved it in Nigeria, and would have wanted to stay longer, if not that he was now due for retirement.
He commended President Buhari’s visit to Saudi Arabia in February, last year, urging that there should be reciprocal visits between the leaders of both countries.
On the security situation in Nigeria, the outgoing Ambassador told the President:
“I think you are doing very well, Your Excellency. We know what you have done with Boko Haram, and we applaud you,” the Special Adviser Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said in a statement.
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