NIGERIA-CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC RELATIONS
In response to CAR’s request in May 2011, Nigeria through National Boundary Commission organized a successful Border Technical Assistance Workshop in Abuja for CAR officials in which a draft MOU on Border Assistance was presented to CAR for consideration.
Also, responding to invitation, Nigeria which CAR considers as big brother attended as observer the Donor Conference Round Table meeting on CAR held in Brussels, Belgium from 16-18 June 2012. Car is always appreciative of material/cash support given to her by Nigeria and in turn she always supports Nigerian interests at international organisations. This includes support for the channelization of River Obangui in CAR to reactivate Lake chad Basin, which, if actualized, will help in rehabilitating over 30 million people mostly Nigerians.
The cordial relations between Nigeria and CAR were further boosted by the high level official visit of President Bozize of CAR to Abuja in November, 2011. During the visit, very important political and economic issues aimed at promoting and strengthening bilateral ties were discussed. Also, a General cooperation Agreement between the two countries was signed while negotiations for the signing of a Joint Commission Agreement in Bangui were concluded. President Bozize accompanied by the Permanent Secretary (MFA) also visited former President Obasanjo’s farm at Otta, Ogun State.
On 9th March 2012, President Francois Bozize of CAR awarded his country’s highest National Merit Award (Grand Commander of National Order of Merit for Central African Republic, “GCONRCA”) to the outgoing Nigerian Ambassador, Yahaya Tabari Zaria, at the end of his tour in Bangui. This award, according to the President, was done in cognition of the Ambassador’s dedication and hard work in deepening the exisiting bilateral relations between Nigeria and CAR, particularly by facilitating the official visit of President Bozize to Nigeria.