The summit of the group of seven industrialized countries in the world popularly known as the G-7 has extended its invitation to Nigeria's President- elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, to attend the next meeting scheduled to take place in Berlin, Germany, on May 8 and 9. The G-7 invitation was conveyed to Buhari by the German ambassador to Nigeria, Michael Zenner, during his congratulatory visit to Buhari on Monday at the Defence House in Abuja.
The summit of the G-7 group is currently chaired by German Chancellor, Angela Merkel while the countries that make up the G-7 are United States, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan and Canada. If Buhari accepts the invitation, it will be his first major international outing as the country's president-elect and would open doors of opportunity to reach-out to the more prosperous nations for collaborative engagements.
Speaking on the bilateral relations between his country and Nigeria, Zenner said Germany is interested in stepping up investment in the energy sector and assisting with checkmating the threat of insecurity.
"I am here to congratulate the President elect, Buhari on his election and handed over to him the letter from the German Chancellor inviting him to Germany. We have a very deep and intense relationship with Nigeria and there are lots of areas where we can deepen our relation and develop them further such as in the area of economy, energy among others.
"We have a bi-national commission with Nigeria and we are one of the countries with which Nigeria has this Bi-National Commission and it covers the whole range of political, economic and security areas. There are many areas in which we can move further and deepen our very close cooperation," he said.