Italian government has expressed the conviction that Nigeria will emerge one of the most powerful countries of the world under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi made the remarks while speaking to State House correspondents yesterday after meeting behind closed-doors with Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.
He emphasised that President Buhari's leadership was important to Italy and his country was in total support of the ongoing anti-corruption war of the government.
Describing Nigeria as a very important partner of Italy in Africa, Renzi also expressed his country support to Nigeria in the fight against terrorism.
Renzi said he and Buhari discussed how to foster both countries' cooperation in the areas of security, energy, infrastructure, agriculture and small and medium enterprise.
Later, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu said in a statement that Nigerian and Italian governments yesterday signed an agreement on intelligence sharing, capacity building and provision of logistics to enhance the operations of the Nigeria Police.
He said the signing of agreement, witnessed by Buhari and Renzi, was part of bilateral meeting between both countries on energy, security, agriculture, immigration, human and drug trafficking, infrastructure and education.
Shehu said the agreement on enhancing cooperation between the Nigerian and Italian Police was signed by the Inspector General of Police Solomon Arase and the Italian National Police Chief Alessandro Pansa.