The statement was signed by Mr Femi Adesina, the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity. Buhari said in the statement that the security situation in Nigeria was now much better and conducive for socio-economic activities. He noted that the advances being made against Boko Haram insurgents had gone beyond degradation through just force of arms.
Buhari said that the de-radicalisation process was also ongoing, adding that some measure of success was already being achieved.
“Even suicide bombing is becoming rare as the local people are themselves rejecting indoctrination by the insurgents.’’
He stated that Nigeria was working hard to diversify the economy and expressed willingness to collaborate with South African businessmen, especially in the areas of mining and agriculture, for the mutual benefit of the two countries.
In his remarks, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa recalled his visit to Nigeria earlier this year, describing it as “very successful.” He added that he was interested in the promotion of economic and trade partnerships between the two countries.
The statement said that at another bilateral meeting with President Macky Sall of Senegal, both Buhari and the Sall expressed their happiness at the good cropping season being experienced in their countries. They expressed the hope that the bumper harvests would ultimately translate to an enhancement of the quality of lives of their people.