By Samuel Bankole
Nigeria has expressed satisfaction with the progress of bilateral relations between the country and the Republic of China, with President Mohammadu Buhari thanking the Asian country for its support to Nigeria in various ways.
In a letter to the President of China celebrating Chinese Year of the Ox, Buhari said the country infrastructural development has been enhanced through the building of rail, road, power, defence, and many other areas.
“Since the COVID-19 outbreak, China has been working with Nigeria and other African countries to safeguard the lives and health of our citizens, adding new dimensions to our friendship. “We acknowledge that Chinese support tremendously strengthened our effort against the pandemic.
“In recent years, Nigeria and China have also witnessed steady development of their strategic partnership. In the face of significant challenges faced by international community, the two sides are upholding a common position of preserving multilateralism, not interfering in other countries’ internal affairs and safeguarding common interest of developing countries,” President Buhari wrote in the letter.
The President said it is now 50 years since the establishment of Nigeria-China diplomatic relations.
Buhari said he was delighted that the bilateral ties have achieved far reaching and fruitful results, on the basis of close coordination and mutual trust, bringing great benefits to the two countries and peoples.
“This year is vital for China-Nigeria relations. The FOCAC has become a model of mutually beneficial cooperation between Nigeria and China, as well as between Africa and China. “Nigeria is ready to work with China to make the new session of FOCAC this year a success,” said the president.
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