French President, Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday met with President Muhammadu Buhari in a closed-door bilateral meeting at the Presidential Villa and pledged to increase the cooperation between Nigeria and France in tackling security challenges brought about by the activities of Boko Haram and ISIS jihadists in Nigeria.
Macron who challenged him to work towards providing an enabling economic and political environment to help youths to achieve their dreams noted that it was important for leaders in Africa to understand why young people were disposed to joining terrorist groups.
” First of all, I think the main plan is an African plan and France is not the one to solve or fix African situations.
“What is important to me is how the different African governments organise themselves to fight against terrorism and get rid of these people and especially, Jihadism. That’s is why I do promote the G5/Sahel Initiatives,” he added.
The French President thereafter proceeded to the New Afrika Shrine of popular Afrobeat king, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, in Ikeja Lagos where he attended a concert in company of Lagos Governor, Akinwumi Ambode.
Responding to questions on why he chose to visit the New Afrika Shrine of popular Afrobeat king, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Macron said the place was an iconic hub.
“First, because I wanted to find a good occasion to come back there. I know the place and I have some memories. I think that is such an iconic place for a lot of African people and African culture. Fela, Femi, Seun Kuti are obviously very famous in France and Europe. I mean they are big successes, but the Shrine is a cultural hub, an iconic hub.
“It is very important for me, first on a personal level. That is why I want to say with a lot of humility that I recognise the importance of this place. I recognise the place of culture in this current environment.”