From Bello Wakili (Abuja)

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated founder and Chairman of BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu, on his appointment by French President, Emmanuel Macron, as President of the France-Nigeria Business Council.

In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said President Buhari believes his appointment, after the inauguration of the France-Nigeria Business Council, was to further highlights the warm and growing relations between both countries, typified by the strong partnership at different levels, which include security, education and health.

The President noted that the worthy achievements of the businessman and philanthropist, who had consistently contributed to the development of the country through social and infrastructural interventions and, most recently, playing a frontline role in the health sector, particularly in the fight against the global pandemic, COVID-19.

President Buhari appreciated the goodwill and liberality of the French Government in improving relations with Nigeria, with focus on strengthening trade and business ties, while congratulating the business community for a successful outing at the Choose France Summit held at Chateau de Versailles, outside of Paris.

The President saluted members of the business council from Nigeria, which include Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Dr. Mike Adenuga, Gilbert Chagoury, Tony Elumelu and Herbert Wigwe.