Saudi Arabia Praises Buhari On Fight Against Terrorism

President Muhammadu Buhari presents the outgoing Saudi Arabian Ambassador, with a gift at the presidential villa in Abuja on Thursday
President Muhammadu Buhari presents the outgoing Saudi Arabian Ambassador, Fahad Bin Abdulla Sefyan, with a gift at the presidential villa in Abuja on Thursday

The Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Nigeria, Fahad Bin Abdullah Sefyan, has praised President Muhammadu Buhari for the progress so far recorded in the fight against terrorism.

He made the commendation when he paid a farewell visit to the President at the State House Abuja on Thursday.

“I think you are doing very well, Your Excellency. We know what you have done with Boko Haram, and we applaud you,” said the outgoing ambassador.

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Sefyan, who had spent 20 months on tour of duty in the country, said he loved it in Nigeria and would have wanted to stay for longer but he was now due for retirement.

He also commended Buhari’s visit to Saudi Arabia in 2016, adding that there should be more reciprocal visits between the leaders of both countries.

President Buhari thanked the outgoing ambassador for the quality of work done during his stay in Nigeria.

He noted that the relationship between Nigeria and Saudi Arabia is a mutually beneficial one, which should grow stronger in the years to come.

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The president noted that beside the fact that thousands of Nigeria travel to Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia on an annual basis for religious purposes, many Nigerian students are also studying in various universities in the country.

“I quite appreciate the relationship between the two countries,” he said.

Buhari also assured the outgoing Saudi Arabian diplomat that the Nigerian economy was gradually recovering and there are reasons to be hopeful of more collaboration between the two countries in the future.