The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Tuesday, hailed the Chairman of the BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu, on his reappointment as President of the France-Nigeria Business Council by the President of France, Emmanuel Macron.

Buhari’s congratulatory message was contained in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, titled ‘President Buhari congratulates the BUA Chairman on reappointment as President of France-Nigeria business council.’

According to Shehu, the President commends Rabiu for his very pivotal role in nudging forward the objectives of the association inaugurated a year ago, and for retaining the trust and confidence of members of the Strategic Council.

“The President acknowledges with delight that under one year of Rabiu’s leadership, the Council has recorded appreciable progress in plans by some of Nigeria’s biggest banks to set up subsidiaries in France, BUA’s partnership with Axes France to build a 200,000bpd refinery in Akwa Ibom State, among others.”

President Buhari also assured the Chairman of the BUA and Pioneer President of the Council, of the Federal Government’s unflinching support as top business leaders continued to build strategic partnerships aimed at improving business relations between the two countries, as well as supporting the economic programme of government in the areas of infrastructural development, agriculture, power, job and wealth creation.

He noted that the focus of his regime’s economic diplomacy was attracting foreign investments into the country, which made the ordinary Nigerian a prime beneficiary.

Buhari, therefore, assured Nigerians and all foreign policy stakeholders that having reaped the benefits of major investments into the country in the last seven years, his government would continue to vigorously promote Nigeria as a preferred and attractive destination to international investors.

By Tochi

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