No future for Biafra, says French ambassador
• Ambassador confirms France’s support for war against insurgency.
Biafra and that France Is ready to trade ammunition with Nigeria.
agitation for emergence of Biafra republic.
Nigeria, Denys Gauer, stated that his home land would in no way work with any
group agitating for the succession of its nation from Nigeria, saying France is
working with and supporting Nigeria as a country.
for Biafra during Nigeria’s civil war, Gauer pointed out that Nigeria has advanced
since the civil war and that France has been collaborating with the country to
overcome its problems, particularly the war against insurgency.
of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra MASSOB,
Uchenna Madu claimed that the struggle for Biafra “is real and cannot be stopped by
any man created by God”
because that does not represent the position of France. France is a friend of
Biafra and even during the Nigeria/Biafra war, they assisted us so much. In
this current agitation for Biafra, France has sympathy for us. We advise our
people to disregard what he said. We think that the Nigeria media
misinterpreted what the French envoy said.”
future for Biafra and admonished advocates of separation of Biafra from Nigeria
to forget the plan and continue to be part of the country.
with Nigeria and we are supporting it as the only country. This is absolutely
clear and I don’t think there is any kind of future for Biafra. They are part
of Nigeria and Nigeria has to remain as the only country.”
fight against insurgency, saying the fight against Boko Haram has brought the
two countries together, more than before.
Goodluck Jonathan administration to arrange a regional meeting with
neighbouring francophone nations, Chad Republic, Cameroon and republic of
Benin, in Paris, in 2014, after which the Multinational Joint Task Force, MJTF
was recognized to fight Boko Haram.
encouraging neighbouring African countries to cooperate with Nigeria we have
also developed a strong bilateral relationship with the Nigerian Armed forces.
In May 2015, the Defence Ministers of Nigeria and France signed a cooperation
agreement between the two armed forces, which we did not have before.
year, we have two French military officers who are liaison officers with the
Nigerian Armed Forces to work on daily basis with them in furtherance of the
cooperation. We are organising training activities for the Nigerian Armed
Forces both in France, Senegal and here in Nigeria.
that we are now very close allies to the Nigerian Armed Forces in the fight
against Boko Haram,” he added.
Nigerian Armed Forces, saying “We have no
restrictions on that, we can sell any kind of equipment to the Nigerian
government without any restrictions.”
still have more French companies interested to come to Nigeria.”