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Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

France's Macron in Nigeria to talk security, boost culture

France's Macron in Nigeria to talk security, boost culture

Macron who recalled his days in Nigeria about 15 years ago, noted that it was an emotional come-back, especially as he never imagined he would return to Abuja one day as President of France.

Macron's visit also highlighted economic issues, with a $475 million agreement signed for France to fund projects in three Nigerian states including Lagos, the commercial capital.

The French Republic, through its president, Emmanuel Macron, made this public during the young leader's visit to the state, Vanguard reports. "This place is important for Africa and their culture and that is why I am here".

President Macron Macron expressed the readiness of French government to promote sport and cultural relations with Nigeria to address the unemployment among youths in both countries.

French president Emmanuel Macron offered to support Nigeria's efforts to realise security within its borders and eliminate terrorist organisation, Boko Haram, through securing the Sahel region.

Macron's visit will mark a milestone, as he becomes the first President to ever visit the shrine.

Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, has faced the Boko Haram insurgency since 2009, with more than 20,000 people killed and thousands abducted. The new Lagos experience is being enhanced daily as we continue to create an enduring infrastructural and security architecture for the business of tourism and cultural arts to thrive. To paraphrase the France President "the man dey kampe for Lagos and for Nigeria".

"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.

There were also Art Exhibition, Fashion Show, display of Nollywood scenes, presentation of a painting of Fela to Mr Macron by Mr Ambode as well as pencil frame artwork of Mr Macron done by 11-old old Kareem Olamilekan drawn within two hours.

Femi Kuti, thrilled the French President and other guests alongside dancehall singer, Yemi Alade with their performances at the New Afrika Shrine on Tuesday.

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