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Buhari lauds Saudi Arabia’s intervention on Nigeria’s oil production

By Idowu Abdullahi

President Muhammadu has commended Saudi Arabia over its intervention on Nigeria’s oil production, saying the gestures had keep the country in business amid crashes in global oil prices.

Buhari who played host to the Saudi Arabian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Faisal Bin Farhan Al-Saud, at State House, Abuja, on Tuesday, declared that the oil rich kingdom has been quite kind to Nigeria.

Receiving Al-Saud, the president said that with Nigeria’s large population and infrastructural deficit, the country needed all the revenue she could get from oil, a mainstay of the economy, “and Saudi Arabia has been very kind to us, making sacrifice by reducing production to accommodate us a number of times.”

President Buhari noted that the relationship between the two countries was very strong, “and dates back in time, both at the personal and national levels.” “It is long and steadfast,” Buhari was quoted as saying in a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina.

Prince Al-Saud brought greetings from King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, saying the Kingdom appreciates the relationship with Nigeria, “which dates back 61 years, and we want to strengthen it even further.”

The two countries, he said, have good prospects both economically and politically, not just among the leaders, but also the people. “There’s still a lot we can do together,” the prince submitted.

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