President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said the sharp drop in the price of oil globally had put Nigeria in a volatile situation, couple with massive looting of Billions by the immediate past government.
Mr President said the country made what he called a terrible mistake by relying solely on oil.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President spoke while receiving the Iranian Ambassador to Nigeria, Saeed Koozechi, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He reaffirmed that his administration is fully committed and determined to do all within its power to achieve the rapid diversification of Nigeria’s economy in the shortest possible time.
Buhari said he was convinced that with diligence, hard work and determination to achieve self-sufficiency, Nigeria could produce most of the items currently on its import list.
Mr President added, “We made a terrible mistake by becoming a mono-product economy, hinged on oil and we are now in a volatile situation due to the crash in oil prices.
“We have seen the benefits of diversification, which helped Iran to survive many years of sanctions and still come out strong.
“We are now fully committed to economic diversification. Most of the things on our import bills can be produced here; and we are determined to achieve that self-dependency.”