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President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday assured investors that the Nigerian government would continue to support efforts to broaden the economy through multilateral financing.

The President, according to a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated when he met the President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), Prof. Benedict Oramah, who paid him a courtesy call ahead of the opening ceremony of the 2nd Intra-African Trade Fair Conference in Durban, South Africa.

Buhari said: “I appreciate the support you are giving Nigerian businesses and by implication, the Nigerian economy. Rest assured you can count on me as you seek a better trade and investment climate in Africa.”

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The Oramah, who was accompanied on the trip to see the President by the Secretary-General of the African Continental Free Trade Area Secretariat, Wamkele Mene, thanked Buhari for honouring the South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa’s invitation to attend the Afreximbank-backed Fair.

The Afreximbank chief said the development demonstrated that “President Buhari understands the importance of trade and how Intra-African trade can help transform the African economy and of course, that of Nigeria.”

He thanked the Nigerian leader for granting the land and accepting to attend the ground-breaking ceremony of the Africa Medical Centre of Excellence project to be implemented by the continental bank in Abuja in December.

By Ijeoma Ilekanachi

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