President Bola Tinubu on Sunday received the German chancellor, Olaf Scholz, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja in an effort to explore ways of fortifying bilateral relations between Nigeria and Germany.
The chancellor, who is on a two-day visit to Nigeria was accompanied by a delegation of high-ranking German business people including chief executive officers of some of the highest-valued companies in the country as well as by a cultural delegation.
This is the third major visit of Chancellor Scholz to Africa and his first visit to Nigeria since the inauguration of President Tinubu’s administration on May 29, 2023.
During the visit, President Bola Tinubu declared that his government is all out to change the narrative about Nigeria having a weak and crawling economy by bringing about transformation to governance.
According to him, “Nigeria is still crawling, but we are determined to change the narrative and bring about a transformative government in the country”.
He also called for an improved co-operation in security, natural resources, education, democracy among others, with the government of Germany.
President Tinubu, who said the affirmation of his election by the Supreme Court last Thursday, had removed distractions from his focus on moving the country forward, also canvassed for more cooperation in multiple areas with the German government.
Responding, the German Chancellor, Scholz, highlighted the need for further collaboration in infrastructure, particularly in electricity and energy.
He also thanked Tinubu for his role in ECOWAS and called for collaboration in ensuring peace and stability in Africa and the world at large.