PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has assured that his administration will continue to welcome support and understanding of the United States as it strives to achieve greater internal security and socio-economic progress in the country.
He gave the assurance on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, while receiving a delegation led by the United States Secretary of Commerce, Ms Penny Pritzker.
With the delegation were the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, and three others.
Buhari applauded ongoing American collaboration with his administration on security and developmental issues.
The president said: “I remain grateful for the reception accorded me and my team when we visited the United States at the invitation of President Obama.
“We discussed security, corruption, infrastructure, and many other issues.
“We thank America for sending experts to train our troops and providing hardware for our military because we must first stabilise the country before we can move it forward.”
Also speaking, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, said that although Nigeria currently faces serious challenges, it is also a time of great opportunities for the country.
He said: “It’s time to diversify our economy from oil. We’ve always talked about it, but never got round to doing it. The opportunity has come now. We have all it takes to be an agricultural nation. We also have solid minerals and we must develop our infrastructure in order to aid business.”
Pritzker said in her remark that she was in Nigeria with 10 leading American business men and women, at the prompting of President Obama.
According to her, “The purpose is to understand better the opportunities and challenges of doing business in Nigeria. Our team is very optimistic about your government’s commitment to security, good governance, fighting corruption, having reliable and regular regulatory policies.”