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Nigeria’s President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, yesterday  in Abuja, expressed his appreciation to France for the return of $150 million stolen from Nigeria by former Head of State, General Sani Abacha.

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, the President acknowledged the signing of a €100 million agreement between Nigeria and France to support the i-DICE programme — a federal government initiative to promote investment in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Creative Arts Industries.

All Nigeria Latest News reported that the agreement was signed by the Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, Dr. ‘Bosun Tijani and the French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, at an earlier event at Tafawa Balewa House, the headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The President commended the strengthening of bilateral relations between Nigeria and France, noting that this progress followed his visit to Paris after his inauguration.

“Thank you for the good news on the return of Abacha loot. We appreciate your effective cooperation concerning the return of Nigeria’s money. It will be judiciously applied in attaining our development objectives,” the President told Catherine Colonna, the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs of France, who delivered the news.

Tinubu, while emphasising the need to reinforce collaboration on both political and economic fronts, welcomed the growing cooperation between the two countries in areas of shared interest, such as climate change, economic integration, education, and culture. 

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