Ten conclusions of President Buhari’s visit to Portugal

The presidency has published 10 conclusions of the recent visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Portugal. Garba Shehu, a spokesman for Mr. Buhari, said in a statement on Sunday that the president’s visit between June 28 and July 2 was a first-class story, which can be measured by the results. Mr. Shehu listed the real determination of the two countries – Nigeria and Portugal – to forge a close relationship as one of the main results of the visit. Read the full statement below: TEN CONCLUSIONS OF THE STATE VISIT TO PORTUGAL: TWO NATIONS AND THE WILL FOR A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP By Garba Shehu President Muhammadu Buhari’s state visit to Lisbon, Portugal, from Wednesday June 28 to July 2, was a first-class success story and this can be measured by the results, including the real determination of the two nations to create a close relationship. Many in Nigeria remember that historically, Portuguese sailors were the first in Europe (ahead of the British) to have contact with the territory now called Nigeria, when a certain explorer, Rui de Sequira, visited the Lagos area in 1472. , actually naming the area around the city as Lago de Curamo, which means Lake of Curamo (Curamo, remember Laguna de Kuramo, Playa de Kuramo and Sala de Kuramo in the famous Hotel Eko, Lagos). Among the important things embedded in the vision of Nigeria’s role and place in the world, clearly laid out by the President Muhammadu BuhariIt is the reactivation of important relationships that have suffered much neglect. In addition, it has a strong will to assume the leadership that is expected of the largest country in Africa in terms of population and economy. That is, then, the first importance of this visit. First, there can be no better illustration of the broader strategic goal of the future of this relationship than the eight agreements and Memoranda of Understanding, MOUs signed in the course of this visit. These are the MOU on political consultations, diplomatic training, investigation and exchange of information and documentation; cooperation in the field of culture; in the field of development, empowerment and gender issues of women and girls; youth and in sports. In the well-attended Economic Forum of Portugal and Nigeria with the chosen theme: “Expansion of investment and trade between Nigeria and Portugal”, two agreements were also signed, one between the Nigerian Investment Promotion Council and AICEP, its Portuguese equivalent and another between the Nigerian Investment Promotion Council and AICEP, its Portuguese equivalent, and another between the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, NACCIMA and a similar body in Portugal. Two, this visit achieved the desire for a strategic partnership to strengthen the work that Nigeria has been praised by all levels of the Portuguese authority: president, prime minister, president of the National Assembly and mayor of Lisbon, which is its stabilizing role in West Africa. and more importantly for the hosts, the stability and support of the ex-Portuguese territories in the sub-region, specifically Guinea Bissau and São Tomé and Príncipe. This is resonating very well with the Portuguese. Three. Invariably linked to this is the convergence of strategic interests and the establishment of a framework to strengthen security and cooperation between the two states. Portugal which has an association with its former territories in Africa, the equivalent of our own British Commonwealth made up of Angola and Cape Verde plus the other two states mentioned. They have troops deployed for guard duty in West Africa. They have pledged to support Nigeria in military training, intelligence sharing and the war on terror. four Nigeria and Portugal have also identified a common interest and objective in the transatlantic gas pipeline for which our country needs investment and security. This is with a view to finding a market in Europe for the huge gas resources available to us. After hearing a briefing on the pipeline by Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, President Marcelo de Sousa was quick to show interest in maritime mapping of the pipeline, in place of the Trans Saharan. which is also an option. Portugal says that President Sousa has chosen for himself the role of spokesman and defender of African interests in the EU. ALSO READ: VIDEO: Nigeria and Portugal sign MoUs in various sectors Nigerian LNG is important to Portugal, especially at this time of the Russian-Ukrainian war, and the Western sanctions regime imposed on Russian oil and gas supplies. With 60 percent of our LNG going to Portugal, meeting 30 percent of its energy needs, Portugal today has more energy security than most of its Russian-dependent European neighbors. It is noteworthy that the consistency and reliability of Nigerian gas is highly appreciated by the Portuguese, thanks, of course, to the good management of NLNG. Five. The Kano-Maradi railway line, which is being built by the Portuguese company Mota-Engil, is becoming a significant factor in the emerging relations between our countries. Despite President Buhari’s emphasis on several speech opportunities that the contractor met all the requirements to beat others to get the job, the Portuguese authorities see it not only as a milestone in commercial relations, but also as a pioneer and a precursor to Nigeria’s evolution as the gateway to the vast African market opened up by the African Continental Free Trade Area, AfCFTA. President Sousa spoke about his desire for Portuguese companies to enter the Nigerian market, “not in 30 or 100, but in thousands”. Six, Portugal, which was a strong force in the UN recognition of Nigeria as one of the five centers for vaccine production in Africa, has decided to enter our health sector. They will enter. It is a country with a very strong pharmaceutical economy. Seventh, in the election of José Peseiro, the Portuguese coach of the Super Eagles, Nigeria struck another positive chord that resonates politically and diplomatically. Even before the arrival of coach Peseiro, there are more than 200 professional footballers of Nigerian origin in Portugal. Some of them were taken to a meeting with the president, coordinated by the chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa. Now, we have a commitment that the country famous for producing Ronaldo, and for his world-renowned soccer academy, is opening up opportunities for our young people to train. Eighth, there is also a welcome plan to share Portugal’s achievements in the field of renewable energy. With 60 percent of its energy coming from renewable sources, the country is among the world leaders and hopes to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. For the Buhari administration, and hopefully those that follow, achieving the stated climate change goals will remain a priority. For our two countries, this will be a win-win. Nine, we now have an MOU on political consultations, diplomatic training, investigation and exchange of information and documentation. This will make our two nations work hand in hand in multilateral institutions, including the UN. Portugal prides itself on its experience in international relations. Ten. Finally, what is important is the very strong alignment of strategic interests of both countries. It is rare to see this anywhere. The commitment to stand with Nigeria is everywhere: all levels of authority in the country: president, prime minister, president of the National Assembly and mayor of Lisbon, showing a total commitment to align with Nigeria. President Sousa in his second term said: “I waited six years for this marriage.” They honored him with the highest national order of that country. For President Buhari, this visit is an affirmation of the norm that global aspirations must be matched by global commitments and a demonstration of his determination to turn commitments into actions. Hopefully, this will lead to accelerating the nation’s economic growth, securing the country, attracting investment, and creating jobs. Garba Shehu is Principal Special Assistant to the President, Media and Publicity. July 3, 2022 Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Ten conclusions of President Buhari’s visit to Portugal