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Buhari condemns attack on Saudi oil facilities



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President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the drone attacks on two major oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.

The strikes, which happened in the early hours of Saturday, hit the world’s largest oil processing plant at Abqaiq and the country’s second largest oilfield at Khurais, about 200 kilometers away.

As a result of the attack, more than half of crude output from the world’s top exporter was knocked out and output was cut by 5.7 million barrels per day.

Buhari, reacting to this, said the Federal Republic of Nigeria stood in solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

His message was contained in a statement on Monday evening by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President.

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“We in Nigeria once experienced attacks on our own oil facilities. Those who sought, by doing so, to undermine governments of the day did not succeed then – nor at any time.

“The identities of those who sent the drones to attack the Saudi refineries, and from where, may not yet be known.

“Still, these attacks similarly represent economic warfare aimed at damaging a government, but, in reality, always and only damaging innocent citizens’ livelihoods: those with no place, nor cause, to be harmed,” the president said.

“The attackers of Saudi Arabia will win no friends in the international community for their actions – whoever they may be, and however certain they be in their cause,” he added.

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