French Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer, on Tuesday said French President Emmanuel Macron’s government has been partnering with Nigerian government in the fight against Boko Haram sect.
Gauer said this in Abuja during the first visit of Macron to Nigeria since his election in May 2017.
Presenting the Key to the City of Abuja to President Macron, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Malam Muhammad Bello stated that it demonstrates the strong friendship and cordial relationship between the people of Nigeria and France.
President Macron’s Boeing 777 Republique Francaise aircraft touched down in the Presidential Wing of the Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at exactly 15.09 hours local time.
He was received upon arrival by the Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama.
Speaking to newsmen on the visit, the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer, stated that the visit underscores the very strong relationship between France and Nigeria.
According to the statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary, to the FCT Minster, Mr. Cosmas Uzodinma, Gauer said that France has ongoing security and political partnerships with Nigeria especially in the fight against Boko Haram.
He however noted that the current visit would focus on economic and cultural cooperation. He would also dialogue with Nigerian youths.
To this effect, the French President after his meeting with the Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari, would proceed to Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital for other aspects of the visit.