President Muhammadu Buhari has called on countries, businesses, and individuals to work together to overcome challenges and make the world a better place.
The President made the call on Friday during Nigeria’s National Day ceremony at the Expo 2020 Dubai.
“There is no better time to work together for a brighter future than now,” the President said during his speech at the ceremony which he attended with top government officials from Nigeria.
“Connecting Minds, Creating the Future; the theme of the ongoing Expo has placed a moral burden on all relevant shareholders across national boundaries.
“Therefore, the Nigerian delegation is participating in this Expo with great prospects for positive outcomes while assuring the world of our determination and readiness to partner with relevant investors in our bid to tackle a number of challenges to make Nigeria a better country.”
The Nigerian leader described the theme of the event as apt, saying it has put forward the challenge to demand the desired future.
He also called on business leaders to partner with Nigeria and explore the business opportunities on offer in the country.
The President, who congratulates the UAE authorities and the people on the occasion, decried the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic that prevented the event from taking place last year.
He, however, praised the joint efforts by leaders across the globe to tackle the pandemic and urged that the momentum be sustained to achieve a better world.
“The Expo 2020 taking place in 2021 is a direct negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic which unprecedentedly shut our world against ourselves for over one year,” he said. “The concerted efforts by world leaders working together enabled us to limit the catastrophic consequences of this pandemic.
“Such level of continued understanding and pragmatic partnerships are needed and must be reinforced to ensure that our world is a better place and address humanity’s common challenges to guaranty sustainable development and progress for the global community.”