Angela Merkel in Nigeria to push for investment: Migration in focus at end of Africa trip
German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in the last leg of her trip to three African countries.
The smiling leaders appeared at ease as they met for talks that are set to focus on boosting economic development and curbing migration to Europe.
A delegation of business leaders and potential investors accompanied the chancellor during her to trip in an effort to encourage investment in western Africa.
Merkel said that economic cooperation between Germany and Nigeria would be expanded and pointed to the planned production of Volkswagen cars in Africa, DW's correspondent in Abuja reported.
"This, too, is an important step," the chancellor said. "It is an example for many more possible economic partnerships."
Prior to her talks with Buhari, Merkel met with Jean-Claude Brou, the president of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which is headquartered in Nigeria.
Merkel is also expected to address the security situation in Nigeria. The country has been grappling with terror attacks in the north by the extremist group Boko Haram.
An estimated 20,000 people have been killed since 2009 while some 2.5 million have fled the region.