On Tuesday, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said that Nigeria does not have the luxury of dealing with one country in the world. Osinbajo, who made the assertion in Lagos at a two-day 2019 USA Fair, said that Nigeria as a developing country was ambitious in building relations with America, Europe, Asia, Middle East and others.
Represented by Dr Okechukwu Enelamah, the Minister of Trade and Investment, Osinbajo said that Nigeria would continue to be a partner to different countries. “We want Nigeria to become one of the easiest places for anyone to do business in the world. “Nigeria does not have the luxury of dealing with just one country. We really want to be a good neighbour to many countries.
“As great as America is, we want to partner with America. We want to also partner with Europe, Asia, the Middle East and other countries of the world,’’ he said. Osinbajo said that Nigeria and America would continue to be strategic partners, adding that both countries should work together for themselves and the world at large. Osinbajo, who commended the organisers of the conference and exhibition fair said that the current administration was working to create the enabling environment for foreign investors.
“We are committed to nurturing and building this relationship to its utmost because we want the best for our both countries and the wider world. “The many sectors that are represented here from America represent areas where Nigeria will be partnering with America for the greater good,’’ he said. Mr Stuart Symington, the US Ambassador to Nigeria, who described Nigeria as a strange country, said that leadership from Nigerians would drive Nigeria, Africa and the world forward.
Symington enjoined business owners not to see every opportunity as one for making a profit, but also an as opportunity at making the whole world a better place. “No doubt that there is a need in Nigeria, but never think of Nigeria alone. Think of West Africa, think of America, think of Africa, and think of the world. “See every opportunity as one for Nigeria, one for America and one for the world. It should all be how to make the world a better place,” he said.