President Buhari asked to take wish list to G7 meeting

The British Prime Minister, David Cameron has urged Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari to attend the “G 7” industrialised nations meeting with a“wish list”. 
In a statement signed by the head of President Buhari’s media team, Mallam Garba Shehu, the British Secretary for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mr. Philip Hammond who represented the British Prime Minister at the Inauguration ceremony of President Buhari delivered Mr. Cameron’s message during a meeting with the new President after the ceremony.
According to the statement, Mr. Hammond said the British Prime Minister requested for a list of the areas Nigeria wants help in order to overcome the current challenges facing the country when President Buhari shows up at the G7 meeting, scheduled for June 7-9 in Berlin, Germany.
“We are waiting for your own list,”said Hammond on behalf of Cameron.

Mallam Shehu also said in the statement that the meeting was a follow-up to an earlier one between President Buhari, and Prime minister Cameron, at which commitments were given to the in-coming administration in several areas such as f
ight against terrorism, power and energy and matters of common concerns of migration challenges facing the continent as well as what he called“intelligence fusion” to secure Africa from global terror
Another matter the British Prime Minister and Buhari discussed which was followed up in the second meeting was the issue of “free trade” between the EU and Africa, a proposal Mr. Cameron said enjoyed the support of several countries on the continent and in support of which he sought to enlist the backing of President Buhari.
President Buhari in turn promised to prepare the Nigerian government’s aspirations for the summit which he said he would attend.
Meanwhile, Mr. Han Changfu, the leader of the Chinese delegation, and China’s Minister of Agriculture at a similar meeting, asked President Buhari to open avenues for Chinese investments in Nigeria.
The President of Congo Brazaville, Dennis Sassou Nguesso was also among the several leaders who had audience with the President after the inauguration on Friday.
The Congolese leader said he had been mandated by other leaders in Central Africa to seek a meeting with their counterparts in the ECOWAS region with a view to tackling common challenges especially the one posed by terrorism. 
Nguesso also requested President Buhari to assume his rightful place as the leader of Africa.
Buhari agreed that the meeting between ECOWAS and leaders of Central African countries would hold before the next African Union Summit  in South Africa as suggested by President Nguesso.
In a seperate meeting, the Somali president Sheikh Hassan Mohamoud asked for a collaboration with  Nigeria in order to conquer terrorism that both countries suffered.
Speaking while receiving Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, President Buhari expressed his wish to work with Zuma to fight terrorism in Africa and outside the continent.


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