President Muhammadu Buhari will today begin a week-long official visit to Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
The president will use the visit to attempt getting oil producing countries to agree to a production freeze in a bid to boost oil price. He is scheduled to hold talks with heads of international financial bodies to help boost investment in Nigeria.
According to a statement issued by his special adviser media, Femi Adesina, President Buhari, who will be accompanied by a high-powered federal government delegation, including the minister of state (Petroleum) and group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Ibe Kachikwu, will first fly to Riyadyh for talks tomorrow with King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and senior officials of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
According to the statement, “Ongoing efforts by Nigeria and other members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to achieve greater stability in the price of crude oil exports are expected to be high on the agenda of discussions between President Buhari and the Saudi Monarch.
Crude oil prices and market stability will also be on the front burner when President Buhari goes on to Doha on Saturday for talks on Sunday with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
The president is also scheduled to meet with leading Saudi and Qatari businessmen in Riyadh and Doha, and invite them to support his administration’s efforts to revamp the Nigerian economy by taking advantage of the great investment opportunities currently available in Nigeria’s mining, agriculture, power supply, infrastructure, transportation, communications and other sectors.
President Buhari’s other engagements in Saudi Arabia include meetings with heads of international financial organisations and multilateral associations.
Before going on to Doha, the president will also visit Medina and Mecca to pray for greater peace, prosperity and progress in Nigeria.