Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari has hosted the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-thani, soliciting investments in petroleum, power, aviation, and rail as major areas of concern.
Also on the front burner was the recharge of Lake Chad with water from the Congo Basin, so as to grant succour to the more than 30 million people adversely affected by the shrinkage of the lake over the years.
“We invite you to invest in our refineries, pipelines, power sector, aviation, agriculture, education, and many others, so that you can have your management here to oversee the investment. We need your expertise,” President Buhari said.
On the receding Lake Chad, he said of the over 30 million people affected, more than half were in Nigeria, and it has contributed greatly to illegal migration, as innumerable youths dare the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea, in order to find safer shores in Europe. A large number die in the process.
First Lady Aisha and top government functionaries were also present.
“The visit is purely relationship and business,” Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika, says.
See photos from the meeting below.