German Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed Germany readiness to allow more Nigerians to study in Germany.
The German Chancellor disclosed this on Friday during her visit to President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria at Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Mrs Merkel said there are plans to increase the number of Nigerians studying in Germany. “About 1200 Nigerian students are studying in my country, we are making plans to increase that number.”
During the briefing, Mrs Merkel tasked Mr Buhari to ensure a free, credible and fair election in the fourth coming 2019 polls.
Her words: “I appeal that the fourth coming elections in Nigeria should be free, fair and credible. It should not result to chaos or complete breakdown of law and order. A credible election is an important aspect of democracy and good governance.”
The German leader said she was aware that Nigeria is facing many security challenges.
“We are aware of it and that is why we are co-hosting the great Chad conference with Nigeria to address these issues,” she said.
Earlier, President Muhammadu Buhari has publicly told visiting German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, his government does not support Nigerians trying to illegally enter Europe, saying those caught would be “at his or her own risk”.
Buhari said “Any Nigerian found in Libya or anywhere on his way to Europe through illegal means will be brought home and we will send him back to the local government.”
Mrs Merkel’s visit to Nigeria marks the final part of her three-day trip to West Africa countries: Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria with a focus on strengthening economic development and containing illegal migration.
Her visit comes two days after the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, visited the country with plans to increase trade and investment between Nigeria and the UK.