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14 Oct 2016
Irony as B’ Haram strengthened Nigeria's tie with a G20 country
The European Nations ambassador, Denys Gauer, says Boko Haram insurgency has given Nigeria and France an opportunity to strengthen their relations.
Gauer, a French, said this on Thursday when he paid a courtesy visit to the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal.
“We were good friends in the past, but the outbreak of the Boko Haram conflict has brought our two countries closer. We understood the need to present a united front in order to enhance regional stability and improve global peace.
“It may interest you to note that Nigeria is our biggest trading partner in Africa. Your country is important in global politics and we are encouraging our companies to come here and invest.
“We have visible presence in the South of Nigeria and Abuja, but very minimal visibility in the North. So I’m here in Sokoto, a very historical city and state, to listen to you and explore how best we can work together for the progress of our peoples,” the envoy stated.
In response, Tambuwal commended the efforts of the French government in bringing together Nigeria’s neighbours to establish the multinational Joint Task Force, a move that ensured a coordinated onslaught against the Boko Haram sect.
He urged the ambassador to expand French’s investment in Nigeria to Sokoto, saying the state had abundant opportunities in agriculture and mining.
“We are willing and ready to work closely with your investors to develop our agricultural and mining sectors. We intend to make use of French technology in the preservation of onions. We also believe that we have enough tomato, wheat and sesame for French market.
“Sokoto is calm and peaceful, we have very accommodating populace and I want to assure you that should you decide to invest here, the returns on your investment will be positive,” Tambuwal said.