Buhari receives China's foreign minister in Abuja

Buhari receives China's foreign minister in Abuja

- Wang Yi, the foreign affairs minister of China arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday, January 5

- Yi, accompanied by some Chinese delegates, was received by President Muhammadu Buhari

- The meeting was majorly on China's plan to assist Nigeria in the area of infrastructure

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The foreign affairs minister of the Republic of China, Wang Yi alongside some delegates has been received in Abuja by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Yi was ushered into the State House on Tuesday, January 5, by his Nigerian counterpart, Geoffrey Onyeama.

According to Onyeama, the delegation was in Nigeria to discuss the way forward on the nation's infrastructural development.

Buhari receives China's foreign minister in Abuja
China applauded the federal government for building mutual trust in the area of economic relationship (Photo: @Opetuyii)
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In his address to the Chinese delegates, President Buhari thanked the Asian nation for its undying support, especially in the area of infrastructure, the most recent of which is the construction of rails.

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He said:

“We thank China for its support to us in various ways; in the building of rail, road, power, defence, and many others.
"You are helping us to reduce our severe infrastructural deficits, and we are glad. There cannot be sustainable development without infrastructural development.”

On his part, Yi described Nigeria as

He vowed that China would encourage some of its firms to increase their investments in Nigeria and exchange experience and techniques in areas like digital economy and defence.

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Meanwhile, the Nigerian government had denied reports that it is planning to build a rail line into the Niger Republic.

A presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu on Thursday, September 24, disclosed that plan was to construct the rail line up to the border Nigeria shares with Niger and not into the country itself.

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He made the clarification in response to criticism following reports that the federal government had approved $1.96bn for the construction of a rail line to link Kano, Dutse, Katsina, and Maradi in Niger.

But Shehu in a series of tweets via his twitter handle, @GarShehu claimed that Nigeria would only construct the rail line to the border it shares with Niger in Maradi.

He said the rail was being built to harness raw materials, mineral resources, and agricultural produce. The spokesperson explained that when completed the rail would serve domestic industries and enhance the role of a viable transportation backbone to the West African subregion.

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