Nigeria@50 - Message from President Sarkozy
France wishes a happy aniversary to the Federal republic of Nigeria@50.
To celebrate this cheerfull event in the company of nigerian people, the
french President Nicolas Sarkozy has decided to send his special envoy, Mr
Jacques TOUBON, Former Minister, Permanent Secretary for the 50th aniversary
of African Independances.
At this occasion, Mr Toubon delivered to his Excellency Dr. Goodluck Ebele
Jonathan, President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the
Federation of Nigeria, the following message from Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy,
President of the French Republic
I received with thanks your letter inviting me to celebrate with you on the
occasion of the Nigeria National Day, which, this year, is also the 50th
anniversary of your independence.
Unfortunately I will not be able to participate in the celebrations, to my
greatest regret. However, I have asked Mr Jacques TOUBON, Member of the
European Parliament, former Minister, Counsellor of Paris, to represent me
and deliver to you this personal congratulatory message.
This anniversary celebration also gives me the opportunity to warmly and
sincerely congratulate you and all your compatriots. I am pleased with the
quality of dialogue between our two countries, and hope that during future
visits we will be able to deepen the genuine friendly relations between our
Nigeria has made resolute progress in the way of democracy and human rights
and I have no doubt that the electoral process will be free and fair. You
have introduced bold reforms which will reinforce your role at regional
level. Nigeria is indeed both the pillar and engine of the peace and good
governance architecture of West Africa.
Please rest assured that France, a faithful friend of your country, will
continue tosupport Nigeria in tackling the challenges of today and tomorrow.
Whilst regretting once again my inability to participate in this momentous
occasion for you and for the Nigerian people, please accept, Mr President,
the expression of my highest and warmest consideration.