By Olayinka Ajayi
French President Emmanuel Macron (L) greets Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari upon his arrival at the Elysee palace on December 12, 2017 in Paris, for a lunch as part of the One Planet Summit. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT
All is set for France President, Emmanuel Macron to visit Nigeria in July and will seek to address the joint session of the National Assembly,
Speaking in Abuja, Ambassador of France to Nigeria Mr. Denys Gauer, in a courtesy visit to the Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon Yakubu Dogara, at the National Assembly, Gauer stated that President Macron has shown deep interest in the future and development of Nigeria.
He revealed that Mr. Macron had worked in the French embassy in Abuja early in his career for six months some years ago and that whereas relations between the two countries in the last few years have centred on security, the France President hopes to use the visit to further deepen relations with Nigeria especially in areas such as youths development, culture and creativity.
Responding, Speaker Yakubu Dogara said that members of House of Representatives and indeed the National Assembly will want to listen to the French President whom he described as “a man of our generation”.
He has brought a lot of youthful zest, dynamism charisma and appeal to French politics and we will want to yield the floor to him.
The Speaker further commended the French government for assisting Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists and pledged to give expeditious passage to all bilateral agreements that will be signed between Nigeria and France during Macron’s visit.