Buhari hails Macron for promoting business ties between France, Nigeria

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Wednesday appreciated the efforts of his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, over the promotion of business ties between France and Nigeria.

Buhari said this while speaking at a working lunch at Palais Elysee, in Paris, France.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, made this known in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari Assures France Of Cooperation to Dismantle International Criminal Networks, Appreciates Support for Development.’

While speaking at the lunch visit, Buhari appreciated Macron for his vital role in the establishment of the Fresh Nigeria Investment Club.

“On the business front, we welcome the personal efforts of President Macron to strengthen ties between Nigerian and French corporations. It was during your visit to Lagos in 2018 that the French Nigeria Investment Club was established,” the statement quoted Buhari as saying.

He added, “You were also instrumental to the establishment of the France-Nigeria Business Council more recently in June 2021. These efforts have brought together some of the largest corporations in Nigeria and France and the stage is set for expanded engagement by entrepreneurs in both countries.”

The President also stated both countries would work towards dismantling criminal networks in order to combat human trafficking.

Buhari said, “Irregular migration and human trafficking are issues of concern to both Nigeria and France. Transnational criminal networks operating in Africa and Europe are exploiting the vulnerable in the most dehumanising ways. We are committed to working with the relevant French authorities to dismantle these networks.

“Nigeria and France have a wide scope to expand and deepen their relations. This effort would be aided by closer engagement at the ministerial level.”

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