The president’s special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, signed a statement that the president on Wednesday, September 21, said the country needs resources, particularly for infrastructure.
With Nigeria and Switzerland having agreed on projects to which the restituted funds would be deployed, President Schneider-Ammann promised quick action, as soon as the draft agreement was signed.
President Buhari also pledged consolidation of mutual trade relationships, infrastructural development and the support in training and equipping the Nigerian military to defeat Boko Haram.
President Buhari appreciates the long economic relationship between Nigeria and France, Nigeria and Switzerland.
At different meetings on the ongoing 71st United Nations General Assembly in New York, United States of America, the president accepted more investments and economic partnerships, which he said that Nigeria is a fertile ground for handsome return on investments.
President Buhari said to Francois Hollande of France:
“Apart from your country’s close relationship with us, you have the same with most of our neighbours.”
“We seek more collaboration, particularly in agriculture, mining and security.”
The president Buhari told his French counterpart of the Presidential Committee on the North East, which he described as a one-stop mechanism on development partnership for a zone that had been ravaged for many years by Boko Haram insurgents, and which needed urgent rebuilding.
President Hollande of France replied that France would not only fully engage with Nigeria on different fronts, but would also provide humanitarian assistance in the North East.