President Muhammadu Buhari will embark on an official visit to the Federal Republic of Germany from tomorrow, October 13 to Friday, October 15, 2016.
Incidentally, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, who Buhari is going to meet, was in Africa this week, visiting Mali, Niger and Ethiopia.
She did not visit Nigeria. But her foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, was in Abuja on Tuesday where he met with his Nigerian counterpart, Geoffrey Onyeama, as well as Pres. Muhammadu Buhari.
Before meeting the president, Steinmeier first visited Onyeama at his office in the ministry of foreign affairs. As he got into the elevator, there was power failure, according to a report by German newspaper, DW. The generators were however put on and he went to the meeting without incident.
The men discussed migration, security and investments.
In Berlin, President Buhari will confer with Chancellor Angela Merkel on “issues of shared interests between Nigeria and Germany, including further cooperation on security, the humanitarian situation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and rehabilitation of the North-East, as well as trade and economic relations between both countries,” according to a statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina.
Buhari would also meet with German president, Joachim Gauck and participate in a business forum in Berlin with leading German companies active in Nigeria, and other prospective investors.
Buhari who will be accompanied by Governors Kashim Shettima of Borno State and Rochas Okorocha of Imo respectively and representatives of the National Assembly, will also meet with representatives of the Nigerian community in Germany.
The visit would be Buhari’s second to Germany, having visited last year shortly after assuming office where he attended the G7 summit in Elmau, Germany. It was his first to a non-African country.