Friday, 16 October 2015

AT LAST... Spanish Ambassador Praises President Buhari

The ambassador of Spain to Nigeria has praised President Muhammadu Buhari over the anti-corruption policies being conducted in the country.

Speaking on Friday, October 16, in the course of the National Day of Spain in Abuja, Alfonso Barnuevo expressed confidence that the chosen directive would allow Nigeria to attract more investments.

The diplomat was quoted as saying by The Nation:

“President Buhari and His Majesty, the King of Spain, held a meeting in New York on September 1, 2014, and I can only qualify the meeting as excellent for our relations.

“His (King Felipe’s) message to us is that we want to work closely with the new administration and Spain will always be a friend of your country.

“A solid and prosperous Nigeria is important to Spain; the political stability obtained after election will contribute to enhance the sustainable development and growth of Nigeria.

“The government of Spain has picked confidence in the economic reforms of President Buhari and his anti-corruption campaign; solid policies are important to attract investors.”

Barnuevo further stressed the importance of economic relationships between the two countries adding that Spain’s interest in Nigeria included oil and gas, agriculture and construction.

“We bought, in 2014, 6.5 billion Euros of oil and gas; we can straight-forward say that Spain and Nigeria maintain strategic relation in this area.”

The envoy spoke optimistically about Nigeria moving towards “peace and stability” and reiterated his country’s commitment to assisting Nigerian in its fight against Boko Haram.

“We are happy at the great stride Nigeria is making in the field of peace and stability and in the fight against Boko Haram. This is a matter in which Nigeria can always count on the support of Spain. We in Spain have also suffered human terrorism for many years.”

It should be recalled that former US ambassador to Nigeria Walter Carrington said yesterday that world powers had confidence in Buhari’s leadership and his ability to cause positive change in the country.