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President Buhari meets President Francoise Hollande At Elysee

French President François Hollande has pledged that his administration will assist the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF) with intelligence gathering and equipment to check the activities of insurgents in Nigeria and beyond.

Hollande announced this on Monday at the Elsee Palace in Paris after a closed door bilateral meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, who is on a three-day official visit to France.

The French President, who was addressing a joint news conference, said that his government was concerned about the increasing spate of insecurity in Nigeria and the entire West Africa sub-region.

According to him, his administration is ready to render support and assistance to Nigeria to enable the country to tackle insurgency and all forms of extremism in the country.

He said himself and President Buhari discussed new strategies of partnership that would enable Nigeria and its neighboring countries of Cameroun, Chad, Niger and Benin Republic, through the joint action of the MJTF, to fight the insurgency and restore peace.

President Hollande explained that as an intervention approach to assist in the fight against terrorism, France last year, hosted a Regional Summit on Security in Paris, which brought together the neighboring countries to chart the way forward.

“We provide all of the support to the countries in the region which are affected by this cult and in Nigeria, we want to provide support and solidarity,’’ he added.

He thanked President Buhari for his recent actions such as the movement of the military command centre to Maiduguri, which he said, had helped tremendously in weakening the insurgents.

According to Hollande, France has concluded arrangements to invest a total of €130million in the development of infrastructure in Nigeria for rebuilding of roads, provision of electricity and water supply.

He noted that in spite of the fall in the price of crude oil in the international market, which had affected Nigerian expected revenue, the country’s economy still remained strong.

“The Nigerian economy remains strong so, France wants to be doing business in the country,’’ he said.

Hollande said that France intended to increase the visibility of its investors more in Nigeria.

In his remarks, President Buhari thanked the French president for his administration’s interest to assist Nigeria.

He expressed the readiness of his administration to partner with France for the overall development of both countries.

President Buhari noted that with commitment from France, Nigeria’s next shopping list regarding support would move to other members of the G7.

‘’We have to depend on France and the other G7 countries for support to fight piracy,’’ he said.

“Our next shopping list is going to G7 in terms of intelligence and training. Another problem is the problem in the Gulf of Guinea, from Senegal to Angola; that area is endowed with resources like petroleum and other minerals but surrounded by piracy and theft. We are going to depend on France and G7 countries to flush these criminals out of the region.’’

On Nigeria’s problems, President Buhari lamented that more than 67 percent of youths, most of them under their youthful age, were unemployed.

“We are finding best way in agriculture and mining to address this challenge before sophisticated infrastructure and security are provided. We want to make sure we feed ourselves and provide security before other things are also tackled.”

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Photo Credit: Bayo Omoboriowo for the Presidency


  1. X

    September 15, 2015 at 5:23 am

    GMB! You stay working. Thumbs up!

  2. beauty

    September 15, 2015 at 8:33 am

    My husband must be as tall as Buhari!!!!

    • observer

      September 15, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Ok wait for ever or kill aisha

  3. Chi

    September 15, 2015 at 8:56 am

    This man(PMB) has good intentions for Nigeria. I pray God gives him grace’ wisdom nd knowledge on how to handle our nation nd the citizens. More grace Mr. President.

    • pesh

      September 15, 2015 at 10:33 am


  4. Nabila

    September 15, 2015 at 10:19 am


  5. Prince

    September 15, 2015 at 10:22 am

    How I wish we voted this man into power in 2011, believe it or not, This Country call Nigeria would have moved farrrrr forward. Like I always say, I am highly optimistic and positive about this administration. We are on the right tract

  6. Mz Socially Awkward...

    September 15, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    In the simplest description of it, what we’ve done here (once more, yet again and seemingly evermore into the future) is to go cap in hand to a 1st world country to ask for money.

    Always a good sign that France sees enough stability in the man now leading the country to pledge 130million Euros towards building infrastructure, etc. On the other hand, the rule of this game is that the borrower always remains a servant to the lender – always – and when I look at Buhari having to do this, all that comes to my mind immediately is that Nigeria has stayed in this unfortunate position of begging because of how his generation of leaders ran this country into the ground and how his current allies have done a great job of milking us of their own share.

    So, we continue living this cycle of telling “1st world nations” about our problems so they can keep supporting us in achieving the barest necessities that we need (road networks, electricity and national security). No thanks to such spawns of the devil as IBB and his fellow military and other “born to rule” cronies who entrenched corruption in the system, shared out the wealth between themselves but are left to continue giving “elder statesmen advice” from the sidelines, whilst enjoy the rewards of their crimes. Without even feeling bitter about it, I know their souls will surely burn with coals from hell right here in earth before they make the crossing to the great beyond.

    Nigeria should have been way past this level by now and with apologies to all who see Buhari as the national saviour, I just don’t consider the request of more money from countries which are setting their loan (because “aid” on that level is never truly about charity) terms as we speak, a necessarily good thing.

  7. AW

    September 15, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    With ISIS and Co breathing down the neck of the western world, they still have time and resources to fight boko haram that is not even on the same continent with them?

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