Even the opposition party is aware of my achievement in security - Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday in Istanbul said even the opposition parties in Nigeria recognise that there is a considerable improvement of security.

Mr. Buhari said this at a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Shahid Khakan Abbasi, on the margins of the ninth D-8 summit in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Nigerian leader told the Pakistani Prime Minister that Boko Haram terrorist group remains degraded.

''We have moved them out from their strongholds in the North East, we have denied them space and even their attacks on soft targets are becoming less often.

''Even the opposition [party] recognises that there is a considerable improvement of security in the North East,'' he said.

The President, who expressed satisfaction at the level of defence and military cooperation between both countries, however agreed with the Prime Minister that there was still room to do more.

He regretted that same could not be said on the economic and trade fronts, which he said had fallen far short of what can be achieved by both countries.

''Nigeria-Pakistan cooperation is very historical. Military training has been very consistent and I am impressed by the efficiency of officers trained in Pakistan.

''But the performance of our countries in relation to trade and industrial cooperation had been very disappointing,’’ President Buhari said.

While noting that Nigeria had failed to use past earnings to create a commensurate level of socio-economic development, the President assured that his administration had identified the problems, and was ardently working to promote national development through international trade, industrial growth and the improvement of infrastructure.

He then urged Pakistan to take full advantage of the new climate of investment promoted by his administration.


''There are a lot of opportunities, for us to harness, in the manufacturing sector, agriculture, commerce, solar energy and the electricity sector,'' the President said.

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