Visit focuses on culture, business and youth.
French President Emmanuel  Macron on a first visit to Nigeria since his election in May 2017,  has been conferred with the honorary citizenship  of Abuja. Presenting the Key to the City of Abuja to President Macron,  the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Malam Muhammad  Musa 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.
Mr. 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.
In his words, “France has had strong security cooperation with Nigeria with regards to Boko Haram insurgency but the current visit would focus on culture  business and youth. He hopes to dialogue with Nigerian youths.”
President Macron, it could  be recalled, has been to most francophone countries as well as Ghana. Nigeria is the second anglophone  country he is visiting.

Cosmas Uzodinma

Chief Press Secretary to FCT Minister

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