Written by Austine ELEMUE

Bello honours France’ Macron, Namibia’ Geingob

French President Emmanuel Macron on a first visit to Nigeria since his election in May 2017, has been conferred with the honorary citizenship of Abuja as well as President Hage Geingob of Namibia. 

Presenting the key to the city of Abuja to President Macron, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Bello stated that it demonstrates the strong friendship and cordial relationship between the people of Nigeria and France. 

Speaking to journalists on the visit, the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer, stated that the visit underscores the very strong relationship between France and Nigeria. 

Gauer said that France has ongoing security and political partnerships with Nigeria especially in the fight against Boko Haram, noting that the current visit would focus on economic and cultural cooperation. 

Also, the Namibia High Commissioner to Nigeria and Cameroun, Dr. Peingeondjabi Shipoh, has underscored Nigeria's contributions to the liberation struggles in most parts of Africa. 

Shipoh, who is also Permanent Representative of Namibia to ECOWAS and Ambassador to Chad, lauded Nigeria for its role, particularly in the Namibian liberation struggle through various forms of assistance. 

The Namibia president, was in Nigeria as guest at a seminar event and was received upon arrival by the Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama.


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