No future for Biafra, says French ambassador

• Ambassador confirms France’s support for war against insurgency.

• Says nobody can support agitation for realization of
Biafra and that France Is ready to trade ammunition with Nigeria.
Tellforceblog: No future for Biafra, says French ambassador
The French government has distanced itself from the ongoing
agitation for emergence of Biafra republic.

In an interview with The Guardian, the French Ambassador to
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.
Speaking against the background of France’s earlier support
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.
According to The Guardian, conversely, on the other side, a leader
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”
He also said: “We in MASSOB do not believe what he said
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.”
But the French emissary further stated that there is no
future for Biafra and admonished advocates of separation of Biafra from Nigeria
to forget the plan and continue to be part of the country.
He said: “We are working
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.”
He disclosed that France is working with the country in its
fight against insurgency, saying the fight against Boko Haram has brought the
two countries together, more than before.
The Ambassador described how France helped the former
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.

“Apart from
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.

“Since September last
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.

“I can confirm to you
that we are now very close allies to the Nigerian Armed Forces in the fight
against Boko Haram,”
he added.
He revealed that France is set to sell ammunitions to the
Nigerian Armed Forces, saying “We have no
restrictions on that, we can sell any kind of equipment to the Nigerian
government without any restrictions.”
He also said: “We
still have more French companies interested to come to Nigeria.”
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