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Nigeria Is ‘Oliver Twist, ‘ Will Continue To Ask For More, Buhari Tells IDB

President Buhari holds a bilateral meeting with Dr. Mansur Muhtar, Vice President, Islamic Development Bank (IDB) at the sidelines of the 12th Extra-Ordinary Session of the Assembly of African Union Heads of State and Government on 7th July 2019 | State House photo

President Muhammadu Buhari has told Islamic Development Bank that despite the huge assistance it had rendered, Nigeria, like Oliver Twist, will continue to ask for more.

He said that with a growing population and infrastructure deficit, no amount of money is too much to revamp the country’s development challenges.

‘‘We need all the support we can get on infrastructure because the oil will not last forever,’’ President Buhari told Dr. Mansur Muhtar, Vice President, Islamic Development Bank (IDB), during a bilateral meeting on the margins of the AU Summit in Niamey, the Republic of Niger.

President Buhari thanked the IDB for ongoing interventions in agriculture, trade and investment, rural development and food security in Nigeria, noting that the county will appreciate more support in other critical sectors.

Dr. Muhtar commended Nigeria for signing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement, saying it was good the country is now on board the trade deal.

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While congratulating President Buhari on a successful outing at the AU Summit, the IDB Vice President pledged the Bank’s continued support to development efforts in the country

He said the President of the IDB would like to visit Nigeria to commission the Bank’s new office, adding that Nigeria is a regional hub for the Islamic Development Bank Group