On Monday in Abuja, President Muhammadu Buhari explained why he had been engaged in several foreign trips, also stating that Nigeria needs to re-establish its integrity. Mr. President emphasized that the potentials of Nigeria needs to be tapped into and harnessed for the good of the country, and there is an urgency to that need.
He said this while receiving the President of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Bernard Aliyu, at the State House. President Buhari also said Nigeria is likely to permanently remain at potential state if the people do not work on its potential to be the actual giant of Africa.
“If Ethiopia is sustained largely by her airline industry, we have greater potentials here. But we must move out, engage with the rest of the world, as we need to re-establish the integrity of this country. We need to rebuild this country again,” the president said.
The president also recounted that for the greater part of the last 16 years, oil was sold above $100 per barrel but expressed regret that the nation did not have much to show for it. He said more enduring infrastructure was built with meagre resources in the first republic, however, in the past four tenures a lot of money has been made without proper planning for the rainy day. He also said that although the past leaders have shown a lot of indiscipline in managing the country’s economy, which has led Nigeria to where it is today, the new administration would do its best to move the country forward.
In his remark, Mr. Aliyu, the Nigerian-born ICAO president, commended Mr. Buhari for strides on anti- corruption, and urged Nigeria to pay more attention to development of civil aviation. He said Civil aviation is a catalyst for economic development, but that the level of aviation development in any country mirrors the economic development of that country. However, the ICAO president pledged to support the development of the aviation industry in Nigeria, urging the country to improve on training and capacity development, aviation security, aerodrome and air navigation, runways, control towers, terminal buildings, among others.