12 October 2016
President Muhammadu Buhari will visit the Federal Republic of Germany from October 13 October to 15, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, announced in Abuja on Wednesday.
President Buhari will confer with Chancellor Angela Merkel on issues of shared interests between Nigeria and Germany, including further cooperation on security and the humanitarian situation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
They will also discuss the rehabilitation of the northeast, as well as trade and economic relations between both countries.
President Buhari, who will be accompanied by Governors Kashim Shettima of Borno State and Rochas Okorocha of Imo and representatives of the National Assembly, will thereafter meet with the German president, Joachim Gauck.
Adesina said President Buhari would participate in a business forum in Berlin with leading German companies already active in Nigeria and other prospective investors in furtherance of the administration’s objective to attract more foreign investment and create economic opportunities in Nigeria.
Before returning to Abuja, the president is expected to meet with representatives of the Nigerian community in Germany.
The presidential spokesman said his principal is committed to deepening relations with Germany and building on the very cordial relations both countries enjoy in several areas of bilateral cooperation including the fight against terrorism, economic relations, rebuilding of the northeast, and support for IDPs, vocational training, energy partnership and cultural relations.
Shortly after his inauguration on May 29, 2015, President Buhari, on the invitation of Chancellor Merkel, attended the G7 summit in Elmau, Germany – the trip was his first to a non-African country after his assumption of office.
From February 8 to February 12 this year, President Gauck, accompanied by a delegation of German business community, was on an official visit to Nigeria, where they had fruitful discussions on trade and investments with representatives of government and the private sector in Abuja and in Lagos.