The Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, has urged the German government to collaborate with Nigeria in the realms of security and power.

Akpabio stated this when he, alongside fellow lawmakers, welcomed German Ambassador Annette Gunther, expressing a desire for enhanced cooperation to boost Nigeria’s socio-political development.

He emphasized the need for German guidance in security matters and power generation, highlighting the existing robust relationship between the two countries while expressing optimism about further strengthening ties under Ambassador Gunther’s tenure.

The Senate President also welcomed German companies to invest in Nigeria, aiming to bolster economic opportunities and employment for the country’s youth.

Addressing security concerns, Akpabio called on Germany to play a more active role in resolving conflicts, citing the Ukraine-Russia situation and the crisis in Gaza. He stressed the importance of international assistance in tackling security challenges, recalling difficulties faced during the Boko Haram insurgency when support from major players like Germany was limited.

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Akpabio raised the issue of Germany’s decision to deport 12,000 illegal Nigerian immigrants, expressing concerns about potential security implications. He urged Germany to allow Nigerian immigration officers to assess and identify genuine Nigerians among the deportees to prevent potential security threats.

In response, Ambassador Gunther reassured the Nigerian officials of Germany’s commitment to assisting Nigeria in overcoming its security and power challenges. She highlighted the importance of collaboration between the two nations, noting Nigeria as Germany’s second-largest trading partner in sub-Saharan Africa.

Gunther also referenced the Siemens’ energy project as a potential contribution to improving electricity in Nigeria.

Addressing security, she acknowledged the worrisome situation and outlined Germany’s involvement in supporting security sector reforms.

The diplomatic exchange emphasized the mutual interest in fostering a strong partnership between Nigeria and Germany for the benefit of their respective populations.