Buhari meets leaders of two Spanish companies and promises a safe and prosperous country

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Madrid met two Spanish companies doing business in Nigeria and assured them of a safe, secure and prosperous country.

In a meeting with executives from GB Foods, which grows tomatoes in Kebbi state and employs around 5,000 people, the president promised that the whole country would be secure.

According to him, ensuring security is one of the cardinal objectives of his administration and ensuring the protection of local farmers against smuggling and dumping of foreign products.

“The detractors are working very hard against our efforts. This is why we have closed our borders for so long, and the result is obvious. We want to grow what we eat and eat what we grow.

“Thank you for your tremendous investment in our country, the jobs you create and the skills passed on to our people,” he said.

GB Foods chairman Artur Carulla described the company as a family business that is now in its third generation in Africa and has invested more than $250 billion in countries including Nigeria, Algeria, Ghana and Senegal.

While promising to “double down in Nigeria”, Mr Carulla added: “Food is all we do. We have been in Africa since the 1970s.

“I am married to an African and emotionally connected to the continent. We rely on local talent and ingredients. It’s good for us and for Nigeria.

“We have built three factories in the past five years and our products are 100% locally produced.


GB Foods promised that in about two years it would be on track to supply 30% of the country’s tomato needs.

“We are going to replicate what happened with the rice. We knew what it was before you came,” he said.

In another meeting with Naturgy, one of Spain’s leading gas companies, the President expressed satisfaction that the company has established a stable partnership with Nigeria in the oil and gas industry.

He said, “I had the opportunity to lead the industry for over three years. And a feasibility study showed that we are more of a gas-producing country than an oil-producing one.

“I am happy that you have been our partners for so long, and we are doing our best to stabilize the security situation in the country.”

Francisco Reynes, Managing Director of Naturgy, said their first contact with Nigeria dates back to 1992, and since then they have become one of the biggest buyers of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

He said Naturgy wanted to expand its relationship with Nigeria on gas, citing its 178 years of experience in the sector.

“Countries like Algeria, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar and the United States are our Suppliers. We want to invest more in Nigeria,” Mr. Reynes said.

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