President Muhammadu Buhari is soon to present Nigeria’s shopping list to the Group of Seven (G7) in Germany. He arrived Munich, Germany yesterday at the invitation of the G7, which was sent to him by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and presented by the German Ambassador to Nigeria, Michael Zenner, prior to his May 29 inauguration.
True to his campaign promise, Buhari has hit the ground running. He will be presenting a 9-point demand to the informal bloc of industrialized nations. The G7 urged him to bring Nigeria’s wish list.
Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said Buhari had seized every opportunity to discuss Nigeria’s needs with specific reference to terrorism and development needs “at person-to-person meetings and phone conversations with some of the G7 leaders.”
Nigeria’s economy, infrastructure, power, energy, corruption, foreign direct investment, enhanced transparency in elections, environment and good governance are also specific areas in which Buhari would be asking the G& to help Nigeria with.
Buhari will hold meetings on the sidelines with the host, Angela Merkel, US President Barack Obama, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the World Bank President, Dr. Jim Yong Kim.
Nigeria is not the only needy nation invited to the G7 summit; South Africa, Liberia, Senegal, Tunisia and Ethiopia were invited too.
Buhari was accompanied by Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, former Governor Babatunde Fashola, Gen. A. Dambazau (rtd.) and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Paul B. Lolo. Buhari was received by the Vice Minister-President of Bavaria, Mrs. Inge Aigner.