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Osinbajo 'Commit your money in Nigeria now or regret later,' Acting President tells foreign investors

Osinbajo said investors who do not take advantage of the opportunities in the Nigerian economy now will regret it in 10 years time.

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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo

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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has said that Nigeria is the best country to invest in Africa, advising investors to stake their money or regret later.

Osinbajo said investors who do not take advantage of the opportunities in the Nigerian economy now will blame themselves in 10 years time.

In a statement released on Monday, August 7, by Osinbajo's spokesman, Laolu Akande, the Acting President stated this at the presidential villa in Abuja during a meeting of delegates from the Nigerian Initiative for Economic Development (NEID).

Osinbajo made reference to the growth and return on investment in the telecom industry, saying companies which did not invest regretted later.

He said, "If you are really serious about investing in Africa, Nigeria is where to come. If you don’t invest now, your company will query you in 10 years.

"This is a country of 180 million people, and in another 10 years, we are probably going to be the sixth or seventh largest country in the world. There is no way we are not going to need power, whether it is off-grid power or on-grid power. Power is required by everyone where we have a major power deficit.

"So, we are going to open up that power sector and anyone who invests in the power sector will definitely make money. No question. It is going to be much bigger and better than telecom."

The Acting President also clarified that though prospective investors are helping Nigeria, ultimately the country is a fertile place for investment.

"I like the idea of investors knowing that the reason why you are coming to Nigeria is not to help Nigeria. You will ultimately end up helping Nigeria, but the reason why you are coming here is because this is a good place to do business," he said.

"Nigeria is a place that is waiting to happen and it will happen. That’s really the point. It will happen. The truth of the matter is that any country that opens itself to free enterprise, the way Nigeria is opening itself to free enterprise, will somehow find that it will work.

"My friend is from Rwanda. Rwanda is a very lovely country and Paul Kagame is an incredible individual doing really good things in that country and I believe that the country will do great things.  But compare Rwanda to Nigeria in terms of just the size of the economy.  We have 36 states in Nigeria.  Lagos alone which is the commercial nerve centre is six times the economy of Rwanda.

"So, really when you compare some of these things people say ‘Oh! I want to go to there'; ‘I want to go here’ …Yaah! It’s okay.  But the truth of the matter is that if you are really serious about investing in Africa, this is where you have to come to.  This is absolutely where you must come to.  There is no other place."


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