Macron arrived in Abuja, the federal capital of Nigeria, on Tuesday, where he addressed a joint press conference with his counterpart Muhammadu Buhari. The two leaders discussed security in the region, although Macron went further and highlighted the cultural aspect of his visit to Africa’s biggest economy.
In the fight against the jihadist insurrection of Boko Haram, Macron reiterated France’s commitments to support the “defence and stabilisation of the Sahel region”, in particular through the strength of the G5 Sahel, which was at the heart of discussions at the African Union summit in Nouakchott.
It is an iconic place for African culture. Fela Kuti has created a civil society protest, which shows that in Nigeria there is a permanent dialogue.
“You have a friend in France,” he assured the Nigerian head of state, who still faces Boko Haram in the north-east of the country.
Buhari noted that all the countries bordering Nigeria were French-speaking, and that France’s assistance was therefore essential for the proper coordination with neighbours in the fight against terrorism.
The French President who was in the west African nation yesterday not only to meet with Nigerian president but also witness the signing of new deal with the country at the state house Abuja before he made his way to the New Afrika Shrine in Lagos.
During his speech, the French President said he never expected to return to Nigeria under these circumstances almost 17 years after his first stay in the country.
In his words, ‘It’s very emotional for me to come back to Nigeria 17 years after my stay. I didn’t imagine I’d be back in these conditions. Democracy is never written in advance. I’m probably a good example of that’.
Speaking about the shrine and why he chose to visit, he said, ‘the Shrine is an iconic cultural hub. And I say with a lot of humility that I recognize the importance of African culture’.
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It's very emotional for me to come back to Nigeria 17 years after my stay. I didn't imagine I’d be back in these conditions. pic.twitter.com/HNlorCiwqA
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) July 3, 2018