According to the Mr. Derus, the German Unity Day came true in the national anthem of both Germany and Nigeria, which states “To build a nation, where peace and justice shall reign”. He pointed out that the strive for universal values is expressed, in both Germany and Nigeria’s national anthem which calls for Unity, Justice and Freedom.
Mr Derus stated that Germany as a respected member of the European Union was committed to ensuring international peace and stability.
Furthermore, he explained that though Africa has not received the needed attention it requires, things are changing as politicians are beginning to understand the need for global partnership for development.
Mr. Derus also identified Lagos as a vibrant city and Nigeria’s economic power.
The German Ambassador to Nigeria Mrs. Dorothee Janetzke-Wenzel, stressed that Germany was committed to partnering with Nigeria to ensure reliability, knowledge of technology, capacity building, jobs for Nigerian youths just as Germany is working in increasing youth employment.
Mrs Jantzke-Wenzel announced that German Development Agency GIZ, was already working on some projects in Ogun state to achieve her commitment in partnering with Nigeria for development.
The German Unification Day took place on the 3rd of October 1990, as a result of a peaceful revolution and brought about the unity of East and West Germany. The Unification Day is an official public holiday and is celebrated by different German cities yearly