Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has assured China bilateral agreements signed with the country still stands.
President Buhari made the statement while receiving Wang Yi, Foreign Minister of the Peoples Republic of China, at State House, Abuja.
“This administration is very serious about infrastructural development. We want rail, road, power, skill acquisition for our people. We ought to have developed beyond this point, but we neglected infrastructure when we had the resources. Now, we have to collaborate with you, and we will keep our side of the bargain in all agreements we have signed,” President Buhari said.
The two countries signed memoranda of understanding on projects, running into several billion of dollars during President Buhari’s visit last April.
A government statement by Femi Adesina, special adviser on media and publicity to the president, said: “Some of those due for implementation now include railway projects, the Keffi Expressway, among others, while the sum of 100 million yuan would be released for agriculture demonstration centers.
“The Chinese Minister described President Buhari’s visit to China last year as “very successful,” adding that President Xi Jinping looked forward to greater collaboration between the two countries.
Mr Wang Yi lauded Nigeria for recognizing the “one China policy,” saying President Buhari, as someone who fought a civil war to keep Nigeria one, knows the value of unity.
“He also commended efforts being made by President Buhari to diversify the Nigerian economy, stressing: “China will be a reliable partner in this. We will cooperate with you to achieve food self-sufficiency. We will also get involved in industrialization, hydro power, and the military/defense sector.”