President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that the Coronavirus outbreak has hampered his administration’s efforts to combat corruption and insecurity in the country.


Buhari made the remarks while speaking at a trade and investment session hosted by the Nigerian Arabian Gulf Chamber of Commerce, Nigeria’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, and the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission at Dubai Expo 2020.

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Femi Adesina, his spokesperson, stated this in a statement.

Buhari went on to say that the pandemic exacerbated government efforts to reduce insecurity, fight corruption, and diversify the economy.

He also emphasized the necessity for international leaders to work together and strengthen alliances in order to limit the pandemic’s terrible implications.

He said, “The concerted efforts 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.

“Therefore, the Nigerian delegation is participating in this EXPO with great prospects for positive outcomes, while assuring the world of our determination and readiness to partner with relevant investors in our bid to tackle a number of challenges to make Nigeria a better country.

‘‘Nigeria is participating in this epoch-making event in order to explore opportunities that are capable of unlocking the huge potentials that abound in our country, as it makes conscious efforts to be a strategic partner of choice for the global community.

‘‘It is my pleasure, therefore, to invite all participating countries, organizations and other private sector operators to take full advantage of opportunities being provided by the EXPO 2020, by linking up with the Nigerian team, to collaborate with us in diverse areas of interests for our mutual benefits,.

“Nonetheless, the present administration in Nigeria has registered significant progress within a short period of time and is still making headways in key sectors of the economy.”