Buhari 1The governments of Nigeria and Niger have pledged to deploy all their know-how to attain self sufficiency in agriculture, away from the notorious oil.
President Muhammadu Buhari who received a Special Envoy of President Mahamadou Issoufou of the Republic of Niger at the State House, Abuja on Friday, made it clear that time has come for the two countries to boost the growing bilateral ties between them, especially in the field of agriculture.
President Buhari said that his government will closely look at the message from his Nigerien counterpart, which he said was aimed at enhancing and deepening the existing cooperation in agriculture.
The President, who hoped for good rains in both countries to make for bumper harvest this year, said that good crop yield will avert the spectre of hunger.
The President also used the occasion to congratulate the government and people of Niger on the successful conclusion of the country’s election and the swearing in of President Issoufou for a second term in office.
The Special Envoy of President Issoufou and Senior Minister of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Albada Abouba, said that he had been sent to convey his country’s gratitude to Nigeria for its continuing support and cooperation, especially in the field of agriculture.
He said President Issoufou was optimistic that existing bilateral ties will continue to get better under the current leadership in the two countries. [myad]