President Muhammadu Buhari has applauded the long history of economic relationship between Nigeria and France in ‘agriculture, mining and security.’
The President told his French counterpart of the Presidential Committee on the North East, which he described as a one-stop mechanism on development partnership for a zone that had been ravaged for many years by Boko Haram insurgents and which needed urgent rebuilding.
Responding, French President, François Hollande pledged that France would not only fully engage with Nigeria on different fronts but would also provide humanitarian assistance in the North East.
“We will invest in Nigeria, we believe in her,” the French President said.
At another audience with President Johann Schneider-Ammann of Switzerland, President Buhari sought his counterpart’s cooperation on speedy repatriation of Nigerian money stashed in that country.
He stressed that Nigeria needed such resources, particularly for infrastructure.
With the two countries having agreed on projects to which the resituated funds would be deployed, President Schneider-Ammann promised quick action, as soon as the draft agreement was signed.
He also pledged consolidation of mutual trade relationships, infrastructural development, as well as support in training and equipping of the Nigerian military.