The diplomatic relations between Nigeria and the European Union (EU) have new positive turns. The ties are spurred by the EU’s sustained efforts to support Nigeria in various sectors, which include growing Nigeria’s digital economy, support for the war against terrorism and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, economic development, green energy, education and many more.
The burgeoning bilateral engagement between the EU and Nigeria is spurred by the increasing volume of trade between the two sides, which reached €28.7bn in 2021, with a view to delivering better and more results in their partnership.
In the area of national security, the EU has reiterated support for Nigeria’s fight against terrorism in the northeast of the country, where the Boko Haram, ISWAP and other allied groups have ravaged. This support also comes in the form of strengthening maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea to fight against piracy.
The Head of the EU Delegation to Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Samuela Isopi, issued a statement on the importance of the relationship with Nigeria and the milestones reached over the years.
“We will continue to work with Nigeria under Nigeria’s leadership, to its vision for the future in bringing back peace in the north east by supporting recovery, peacebuilding and the fight against terrorism and violent extremism, also through multinational Joint Task Force.
“We will support the vulnerable communities that are suffering the impact of violence, we are providing humanitarian and development aid in the order of 400 million Euros to save lives and ensure dignity.
“We will support Nigeria in strengthening maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea and respond to security and development challenges in the northwest.”
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