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Macron Nigeria visit: Let's provide new hope for African youth
05 July 2018, 08:31 | Erica Roy
French President Emmanuel Macron signs the ‘gold book’ at The Presidential State House in Abuja
He told reporters travelling with him: "I like Nigeria a lot".
"I am very happy to be here".
In the fight against the jihadist insurrection of Boko Haram, Macron reiterated France's commitments to support the "defence and stabilisation of the Sahel region", in particular through the strength of the G5 Sahel, which was at the heart of discussions at the African Union summit in Nouakchott.
He "confessed" that he was not a stranger to the club, adding that he recognised it as an importance place for lovers of African culture. "This season is a unique one and it will be the new face of Africa in Europe organize by Africans, providing what you like and what you have here", he said.
President Macron pointed out that only Nigerians could change their image before the comity of nations.
He noted that the future of Africa and the task of making it great rested with Africans, saying that the youths have a crucial role to play.
"Obviously I will not share all those memories because what happens in the Shrine remains in the Shrine", Macron said to huge cheers and laughs. The new Lagos experience is being enhanced daily as we continue to create an enduring infrastructural and security architecture for the business of tourism and cultural arts to thrive.
On Wednesday, the French president was inaugurating an Alliance Francaise cultural center in Lagos and meeting young Nigerian entrepreneurs.
Emmanuel Macron arrived at the famous venue in the Nigerian city of Lagos, just hours after holding talks and a joint news conference with President Muhammadu Buhari in the capital, Abuja, at the start of a two-day visit to the West African country.
In another video of the night posted by Afrika Shrine on Instagram, President Macron was caught, along with host, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, applauding the afro-ballistic performance by Femi Kuti and his Positive Force band.