President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday, September 14, 2015 embark on a 3-day official visit to France where he will meet President Francois Hollande, and discuss security, anti-corruption, loot recovery, amongst others.
Asides President Hollande, Buhari is scheduled to meet French politicians, businessmen and the Nigerian community.
Making the announcement, the Senior Special Adviser President Buhari, Garba Shehu said: “There are challenges with security in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. Most of the countries surrounding us are French speaking and are also affected by the crisis. This is why we are seeking the assistance of France. We are seeking their support in the war against terrorism in the North-east. We also need their support in the area of war against corruption. We need them to assist us in recovering stolen funds. France is a key player in Europe. Their support in these areas are vital.
“We are also seeking to strengthen areas of cooperation in business and economy. You know we have key French companies doing very well in Nigeria. Companies like Total and Lafarge have remained very loyal to Nigeria in spite of our challenges.
“We are also looking at strengthening existing cultural agreement with France, particularly in the area of teaching French language. You know that French language is now vital in global business. We need to strengthen the teaching of French language in our schools.”