Saudi Arabia to Boost Relations with Nigeria
The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Nigeria, Amb. Adnan Mahmoud, has said his country is set to boost relations between the two countries.
Mahmoud, who was speaking at the 89th National Day celebration of the Kingdom held in Abuja, noted that Nigeria and Saudi Arabia have had deep history together since 1960.
"The Federal Republic of Nigeria, a country with a lot of political and economic weight, has had deep historical relations with Saudi Arabia since 1960.
"I can confirm that our two countries have had excellent relations based on friendship and mutual interest.
"Our two countries agree on many regional and international affairs and we have cooperation in all fields.
"We look forward to improving these relations further and I wish the government and people of Nigeria more success, progress, peace and security under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari."
According to Mahmoud, with the achievement of Vision 2030, the Kingdom is poised to be a successful model and world leader in all platforms.
In his goodwill speech, Amb. Zubairu Dada, Minister of State, Foreign Affairs said Nigeria was glad to be part of Saudi Arabia's 89th national day celebration.
Dada, who expressed Nigeria's sympathy for the September 14 attack on oil facilities in the Kingdom, said Nigeria appreciated the increased exchanges and work relations between the two great countries.
He explained that the relationship had fostered increased social and economic engagements in many areas to the mutual benefit of both nations and their people.
He listed the areas to include trade, investment, aviation, agriculture, water resources, electricity, education, youths and sport, as well as religious affairs.
Dada commended the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its support of Nigeria’s priority agenda to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency, fight corruption and rejuvenate the economy.
For his part, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State congratulated the government and people of Saudi Arabia on the occasion.
He said that Saudi Arabia and Kano State were working together to integrate western and Islamic education to improve the quality of the Almajiri education system in the State.
"Kano has the highest number of Almajiris in Nigeria, which is not surprising; most of them are not from Kano but Kano being a commercial centre, they find themselves there.
"We are working closely with Saudi Arabia and other countries from the East to see how we can introduce Western education and also improve the Islamic education in the Almajiri system."
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that members of the National Assembly, Ministers, present and past governors and members of the diplomatic corps were among dignitaries at the occasion. (NAN)