Outgoing German Chancellor, Angela Merkel in phone call with Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari was in a telephone call Thursday with outgoing German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, who initiated chat to pay compliments and say thank you to Nigerian President.

Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to President (Media and Publicity) disclosed this in a statement Thursday.

It will be recalled that President Buhari had concluded his address at 76th edition of United Nations General Assembly in New York last week this way:

“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 Federal Republic of Germany. As she exits stage, we wish her well.”

Chancellor Merkel thanked President Buhari for his kind words and felicitation, wishing him greater successes in challenging task of leading Nigeria and her about 200 million people.

President was full of appreciation for cooperation Germany showed Nigeria, and ECOWAS sub-region at large.

He particularly mentioned support for 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 a lot was being done to stabilize things at this difficult period, thanking all the that had given helping hand, including Germany.

And on agriculture and food security, President Buhari said much had been achieved, leading to stoppage of massive food importation to the country.