The Nigerian leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, has on Monday said that China’s support tremendously strengthened Nigeria’s effort and economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
President Buhari also expressed his satisfaction China-Nigeria relationship clocks 50 years.
Muhammdu Buhari thanked China for its support in the infrastructural development and defence matters of Nigeria.
Femi Adesina, the Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, in a statement in Abuja, said President Buhari made this known in a letter written to President Xi Jinping, his Chinese counterpart, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral ties between the People’s Republic of China and Nigeria.
In the letter, Nigeria Leader also rejoiced with Chinese people across the world as they commenced the celebration marking the new Chinese Year of the Ox on Feb. 12.
Buhari said: “It’s now 50 years since the establishment of Nigeria-China diplomatic relations, and I am delighted that the bilateral ties have achieved far-reaching and fruitful results, based on close coordination and mutual trust, bringing great benefits to our countries and peoples.
“As celebrations of the Chinese Year of the Ox by all Chinese across the world commence on Feb. 12 this year, on behalf of the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I use this opportunity to extend my warmest and most sincere greetings and wishes to you and the Chinese people for a promising and auspicious Lunar New Year.
“Nigeria is very satisfied with the progress of bilateral relations, and we thank China for its support to us in various ways, in the building of rail, road, power, defense, and many other areas.”
Ever since the COVID-19 outbreak, China has worked with Nigeria and other countries in Africa to safeguard the “lives and health of Nigerians, Buhari also added.
Buhari added, “We acknowledge that Chinese support tremendously strengthened our effort against the pandemic.”
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