President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met with German Chancellor Angel Merkel on Friday and assured her that his administration would always uphold the sanctity of the rule of law in governing Nigeria.

He also told Merkel that all agreements reached with the German government would be fully respected. 

President Buhari received the German Chancellor, who was accompanied by top government officials and a business delegation, at the Presidential Villa.

The Nigerian leader said unity and harmony in every society could only be preserved by observing the rule of law, and ensuring that agreements reached in good faith are followed through to the mutual benefit of countries.

President Buhari told Chancellor Merkel and members of her delegation that the rule of law embodies all the rightful mechanisms for conflict resolution, both within the country, and in dealing with all foreign partners, assuring that his administration remains focused on delivering a peaceful, economically viable and politically stable polity to all Nigerians.

"Nigeria remains grateful to the German government for the fair treatment of migrants.

"We look forward to improving our trade figures with Germany," he said.

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President Buhari's administration has been criticised by human rights lawyers and international organisations for what they called disregard for court orders.

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Concerns were raised because of some persons still held in detention after the court had granted them bail.  

A statement by the spokesman for the President said Germany had taken strong interest in investing in the country and supporting the government in providing effective services in security, education and creation of jobs.

President Buhari further told the German Chancellor that his administration had instituted reforms in the economy to make it more internationally attractive and business friendly for investors, noting that infrastructure development had been a priority, especially in power supply, road and rail constructions.

"The economy is already responding to the diversification reforms and the stimulus of the government as growth is now largely driven by the non-oil sector.

"Our nation is politically stable, and investors from your nation can take advantage of the friendly climate.

“I enjoin you to invest in Nigeria because this is the best time to do so,’’ he emphasised.

President Buhari noted that the successful political transitions since 1999 were clear indications of the country’s stability and preparedness to welcome more investments that will bolster the economy.

In her remarks, Chancellor Merkel said Germany was prepared to further strengthen bilateral and business relations with Nigeria, which, according to her, controls 60% of ECOWAS economy.

'Three Agreements' 

The German Chancellor said the population growth and opportunities in the economy could always be explored to improve employment situation in Nigeria.

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Chancellor Merkel said the three agreements signed during the visit represented a starting point for a healthier and deeper partnership with Nigeria in areas of security, trade, immigration and education.

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A statement by the spokesman for the President, Garba Shehu, said the Nigerian government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Volkswagen of South Africa for the manufacturing of Volkswagen vehicles in Nigeria, while Nigeria Incentive-based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL Plc) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Petkus Technologies GMBH for the supply of seed and grain processing machines.

The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with German African Business Association on fostering trade and investment.

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