French President, Macron to conclude West African tour with visit to Nigeria
London, Feb. 6, 2018 (AltAfrika)-President Emmanuel Macron of France is to draw the curtain on his West African tour with a visit to Nigeria in early July and is expected to address the joint session of the National Assembly, Ambassador of France to Nigeria, Denys Gauer, has said.
Speaking when he paid a visit to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, at the National Assembly, Mr. Gauer said President Macron had strong interest in the future and development of Nigeria.
According to a press statement issued by the Speaker’s spokesperson, Turaki Hassan, Mr. Gauer revealed that Mr. Macron had worked in the French embassy in Abuja early in his career for six months, ”some years ago.”
He also said that whereas relations between the two countries in the last few years have centred on security, Mr. Macron hoped to use the visit to further deepen relations with Nigeria especially in areas such as youths, culture and creativity.
Responding, Mr. Dogara said that members of House of Representatives and indeed the National Assembly will want to listen to the French President whom he described as “a man of our generation”.
”He has brought a lot of youthful zest, dynamism, charisma and appeal to French politics and we will want to yield the floor to him,” Mr. Dogara said.
The Speaker also commended the French government for assisting Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists and pledged to give expeditious passage to all bilateral agreements that will be signed between Nigeria and France during Mr. Macron’s visit.
French President Emmanuel Macron began his West African tour in Burkina Faso where he outlined a new approach to relations with Africa
He said he was “from a generation that would not tell Africans what to do”.
He also said he would declassify secret French files on the former colony’s assassinated leader, Thomas Sankara.
His three-day trip in West Africa also saw him in Ivory Coast and Ghana