US wants Nigeria to diversify economy – Adefuye

Nigeria’s Ambassador and Head of Mission in the United States of America, Prof. Ade Adefuye, on Sunday evening listed some of the changes the US authorities expect to see in Nigeria henceforth.

Adefuye spoke with journalists at the Embassy of Nigeria Building in Washington DC shortly before the arrival of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Buhari is currently on a four-day official visit to the country.

The ambassador listed one of the priority areas to include Nigeria’s shift of emphasis from oil to non-oil export.

“America will want to see a shift of the emphasis from oil to non oil export, agriculture, power, infrastructure and solid materials and all the things that will help Nigeria to diversify,” he said.

Adefuye added that US would also want to see a world where there would be consultations instead of confrontations.

He said since that was also the objective of Nigeria, the two countries had to complement each other.

He expressed the optimism that Buhari’s visit would bring about an improvement in the quality of relations between Nigeria and the US.

The envoy believed that the visit would also strengthen relationship between Nigeria and America and a renewed commitment to protection of Nigeria’s territorial integrity in terms of stopping the offensive of Boko Haram.

Adefuye added that the commitment of Nigeria to the development of the democratic process, rule of law and good governance was also important to the US.

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