On August 27, commencing at 8:00 p.m. (local time; August 28, 2:00 a.m. Japan time) for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, who was visiting Nairobi, Kenya, to attend the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), held a Japan-Nigeria Summit Meeting with H.E.Mr. Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
President Buhari expressed expectations toward investment by Japanese businesses and high-level technology
At the beginning of the meeting, Prime Minister Abe wholeheartedly welcomed President Buhari’s attendance at TICAD VI, and stated his desire to cooperate to make the first TICAD to be held in Africa a success. In response, President Buhari expressed gratitude for the invitation to TICAD and for holding the bilateral meeting.
Following this, Prime Minister Abe paid respect to President Buhari for the countermeasures that he has taken against the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, and expressed the intent to continue support for counterterrorism measures and to continue humanitarian assistance in the northeast area of Nigeria. In response, President Buhari explained that as the result of putting effort into measures against Boko Haram since his inauguration in May last year, its activities have been significantly diminished. In this regard, he also expressed gratitude for Japan’s support for counterterrorism measures and humanitarian assistance including assistance for internally displaced persons.
Furthermore, Prime Minister Abe indicated willingness to cooperate with the development of the investment environment in Nigeria, and stated the desire to contribute to the formation of superior projects that utilize Japanese expertise and technology such as the rehabilitation of hydroelectric power plants and the development of urban railways. In response, President Buhari expressed expectations toward investment by Japanese businesses and high-level technology, as well as an understanding of the need for self-help on the part of Nigeria towards the development of its investment environment. With that, he particularly requested assistance in the area of infrastructure including what would be the foundations of healthcare and education.
The two leaders also exchanged views on such issues as African development and cooperation in the international arena including United Nations Security Council reform.