President Muhammadu Buhari has sought the support of the Asian government in combating piracy in the Gulf of Guinea as well as illegal fishing in that region.
The President made the request in Yokohama today during a bilateral meeting between the Nigerian delegation and Japanese officials led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the margins of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development.
The Nigerian leader, who commended Abe for the invitation extended to him to attend the triennial Forum, also thanked the Japanese government for attending the pioneer celebration of June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria.
In his remarks, Abe welcomed President Buhari’s participation at the conference and the country’s signing of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.
Commending the Buhari administration for taking Nigeria to the Next Level, Abe pledged a $300,000 support for Nigeria’s Defence College as well as 12 million Yen for the country’s public health sector.
Also in Yokohama, Nigeria and the European Union signed a 50 million Euro Memorandum of Understanding to support humanitarian and development efforts in the country’s North-east region.
In another development, President Muhammadu Buhari says the few Nigerians abroad indulging in criminal activities do not represent the values of the majority of the people of the country.
Buhari stated this today in Yokohama when he met with leaders of the Nigerian community in Japan.
While urging Nigerians in Japan to be good ambassadors of their fatherland, Buhari described the majority of the over 17 million Nigerians in Diaspora as the face of Nigeria globally.
He said Nigerians have also made significant and positive contributions to the Nigerian and international host communities.
In her remarks, Chairman, Diaspora Commission, who coordinated the event, Abike Dabiri-Erewa described the president as the most Diaspora-friendly leader we have had in Nigeria.
The event, according to the presidential aide, witnessed a parade of the brightest and best of Nigerian citizens, plying their trade in Japan.’