Full Speech Of Buhari With Macron Abuja. The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, who revealed he trained in Nigeria 15 Years ago held a joint press Conference with President Muhammadu Buhari during his visit to Abuja on Tuesday. Here is the full transcript of Macron’s discussion with Buhari.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who returned to Abuja on Monday night from AU Summit in Mauritania, held bilateral talks with President Emmanuel Macron of France at presidential villa, Abuja at 4.00p.m on Tuesday.
After the joint press conference, the 40-year old president, left for Fela Kuti’s Afrika Shrine Night club in Lagos where he spent the night with the Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode and other celebrities.
Social commentators believed that Macron would become the first “real president” to enter the club synonymous with marijuana smoke, sexy backup dancers and protest music.
Interestingly, Macron is not a stranger to Nigeria. He trained as a senior civil servant at the French Embassy in Lagos in 2004, seven years after Fela died
What Macron Discussed With Buhari In Abuja
PRESIDENT Emmanuel macron of France Tuesday said that France cannot fix the African problems to them but only the provision of security and good economic base by the African leaders would solve their problems. President Muhammadu buhari with French President, Emmanuel macron at the closing ceremony of the 31st Session of the Africa Union Summit today in Nouakchott, Islamic Republic of Mauritania.
#AUsummit He also said that he was concerned on the problem of terrorism and jihad-ism in the country and that he was commuted to having a strong bilateral relations with Nigeria in the areas of fighting terrorism,, improving the economy, sports and cultural development. This is as Presidents Muhammadu buhari and macron held bilateral talks at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja during which agreements for French assistance totalling $475 million for some projects in Lagos, Kano and Ogun states were sihned.
The Lagos deal is a letter of intent for the financing of urban mobility improvement project via a loan of $200 million. This will involve development of eight priority bus corridors connected to the Lagos mass transit network. In Ogun State, a French firm in conjunction with the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority is to mobilise from investors about $200 million for land reclamation to correct the massive degradation of arable land being witnessed in the state.
The project aims to reforest 108,000 hectares of depleting forest in Ogun, which the State governor, Ibikunle Amosun, hailed as very vital to not only addressing climate change challenges and recreating the forest, but also providing employment to the people of the state, among other benefits. France, through its foreign development agency, Whence Francaise de Development (AFD), will also extend a credit facility of $75 million towards improving water supply in Kano city.
The concessional loan is expected to help Kano State government ensure more residents of the city have access to drinking water while improving the financial viability of the state water board to increase its revenues. After the signing of he agreements, buhari and macronaddressed a joint press conference at the forecourt of the Aso Rock Villa, and pledged to increase the cooperation between Nigeria and France in tackling security challenges occasioned by Boko Haram and ISIS jihadists in Nigeria and the Sahel region of Africa.
While macron pointed out that France could not do much to assists Nigeria solve the raging crisis of killings by herdsmen, he said he was more concerned about how African governments organised themselves to effectively tackle the challenges posed by jihadists terrorists on the continent. On his plans to curb terrorism in Africa and more specifically curb herdsmen and farmers crisis in Nigeria, macron said, “Well it is just that you have all these several issues correlated and your question is related to this event. “First of all I think the main plan is an African plan and France is not the one to solve or fix African situations. So what we want to do is that we will intervene and make our presence in Africa and Sahel to fight against terrorism especially in Mali and in the region.
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