President Muhammadu Buhari has demanded funding for the proposed 4000 km pipeline that would carry Nigerian gas to Europe via Morocco and accused the United Kingdom (UK) and European Union (EU) nations of being inconsistent and contradictory in their green energy policies.
President Buhari reaffirmed the need for a long-term relationship between Nigeria and the UK as well as the EU on green energy policy when he made the call during a question-and-answer session with Bloomberg.
Buhari expressed the hope that the gas pipeline project, when completed would help to address the gas supply crisis in Europe.
When asked a question about how fast Nigeria hopes to take advantage of the Russia-Ukraine war and gas supply crisis in Europe and fill in some of the demand, Buhari said, ”We need long term partnership not inconsistency and contradiction on green energy policy from the UK and European Union.
”Investment is hampered by their broad-brush moratorium on overseas gas projects, while at home the same projects are classified as green.
”It does not help their energy security, it does not help Nigeria’s economy, and it does not help the environment. It is a hypocrisy that must end.
”To change, the UK and EU countries should invest in our planned 4000 km pipeline to bring Nigerian gas – the largest reserves in Africa – via Morocco, then onto Europe.”
The president had earlier explained that the gas pipeline project, connecting Nigeria to Europe which was conceived four years ago, had since been unveiled.