Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will visit Abuja, Nigeria, on May 29, where he will represent President Hollande at the inauguration of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, which will be attended by numerous heads of state and government leaders from all over the world.
He will thereby pay tribute to Nigeria’s democracy, following exemplary elections which serve as a powerful symbol for the entire African continent. Laurent Fabius will assure Muhammadu Buhari of our commitment to continue supporting Nigeria and its neighbors - Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Benin -, notably in their determination to restore security and put an end to the threat posed by the terrorist sect Boko Haram.
He will also talk about our bilateral relations. Nigeria, which is the largest economy in Africa, is France’s most important sub-Saharan trading partner; our trade is worth almost €6 billion per year.
This event will also provide an opportunity for Laurent Fabius, COP21 President, to discuss the issues at stake at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference with President Buhari and the leaders present in Abuja.