PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan yesterday assured the international community on his official visit to Germany that Nigeria was safe for foreign investors, despite the security challenges the country currently faces.
He told a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Markel after series of talks that focused on trade, energy and security issues: “We are building up our security infrastructure. I can say we are on top of this problem (of Boko Haram).”
On what assistance he needed from Germany Jonathan said: “In areas of training manpower and modern equipment. You need superior technology to fight terrorists and we think Germany and others can help us in such areas.
“I can assure the global community, especially investors from Germany, that the government is working very hard to bring this problem under control. Nigeria is still safe for investment. Nigeria is one country where investment returns are quite high and where we believe in the rule of law. With about 70 per cent of its population below the age of 35, he said, Nigeria offers a vibrant market for investors,” he stated.
Responding, Merkel said Germany stood ready to provide logistic and manpower support to Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram. She however charged Jonathan to provide good governance with a view to creating a conducive environment where business may thrive and foreign direct investment flow.