The European Union has pledged $50 million as support for the fight against Boko Haram in Nigeria and the African Union as well as continuous support for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country.
German President Joachim Gauck announced the pledge on Thursday at a joint press conference when he visited the President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja on a state visit.
Gauck stated that the EU was supporting an already initiated approach by the Buhari administration to fight the Boko Haram scourge in collaboration with the neighbouring countries and the African Union, adding that what Germany wanted to see was a peaceful change, which was already being propagated by the President Buhari.
“We as Europe will support that initiative with $50 million. We commend your good governance. Good governance is not possible without peace. Germany will support Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram and we would continue to provide support for the displaced people on a humanitarian basis,” Gauck said.
The German President said his visit to Nigeria was to set as an eye opener for other countries, adding that he had come to field prospects in Nigeria, with the possibility of getting the attention of the people in Germany to add to the creation of sustainable jobs for the people, both in Nigeria and back home.
Responding to questions on the repatriation of funds stashed in European banks, Gauck advised Nigeria to adopt a model used by Germany when they were in a similar position revealing that they had used illegal means to get the information needed to track the funds.
In response, President Buhari thanked the German President and government for their support to Nigeria, especially as chair of the G7. According to Buhari, the invitation extended to him on his assumption of office and handling the issue of security in Nigeria during the meeting showed a genuine concern by the G7.
Buhari used the opportunity to commend German companies operating in Nigeria, for the quality of jobs delivered and urged Germany to support Nigeria in its bid to get a seat at the United Nations, stating that the country was qualified considering its number and position in the African region.