The outgoing German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, called President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria today to thank him for his kind words on her at the just concluded United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, the United States of America.
Recall that President Buhari had concluded his address at the 76th edition of the United Nations General Assembly last week by saying: “Let me close my statement by paying special tribute to a great and humane internationalist, and an exemplary practitioner of multilateralist cooperation. I am speaking of Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Federal Republic of Germany. As she exits the stage, we wish her well.”
In a phone chat today, Chancellor Merkel thanked President Buhari for his kind words and felicitation, wishing him greater successes in the challenging task of leading Nigeria and her about 200 million people.
The President was full of appreciation for the cooperation Germany showed Nigeria, and the ECOWAS sub-region at large.
He particularly mentioned the support for the project to recharge Lake Chad, through inter-basin water transfer, which would alleviate the plight of about 30 million people.
President Buhari applauded Merkel’s initiatives on rehabilitation of refugees, and help for developing countries.
President Buhari said German companies like Julius Berger, Siemens, and others, were doing well in the country, adding that the Federal Government was doing a lot to improve infrastructure.
On the security situation, the President said that a lot is being done to stabilize things at this difficult period, thanking all the countries that have given helping hand, including Germany.
On agriculture and food security, President Buhari said that much had been achieved, leading to stoppage of massive food importation to the country