- The People's Republic of China has pledged to continue its existing relationship with Nigeria
- The pledge was made known by Chinese President Xi Jinping's delegates who visited President Bola Tinubu at the presidential villa
- President Tinubu, on the other hand, said his administration is open to collaborating with China
In a statement issued by the State House spokesman, Tunde Rahman, President Xi Jinping's delegates reiterated that their president is ready to strengthen the existing economic relationship with Nigeria.
The Chinese special envoy Peng Qinghua, who represented President Xi Jinping, said:
“We need accelerated growth, and we are ready to do business honestly with those ready to do business with us.
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“We will continue to work to promote democracy in the West African sub-region. I’m a product of democracy and shall work day and night to advance democracy."
Peng Qinghua also revealed that the Chinese government would help Nigeria in the fight against insecurity, criminality and terrorism.
He also called for an intercultural bond between Nigeria and China, noting that both countries can learn from each other.
President Tinubu, on the other hand, assured the Chinese delegates that his administration is willing to work with the Chinese government.
Tinubu in a tweet said:
"I received the Special Envoy of Chinese President XI Jinping and Vice Chairman of Chinese National People's Congress, HE Peng Qinghua, at the State House, earlier today.
"I look forward to stronger diplomatic ties and increased economic cooperation between our two countries."
The Chinese delegation included her Ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun and Minister-Counselor Zhang Yi.
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Similarly, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Tony Blair, has extended an arm of partnership to Nigeria's President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Tinubu, on the other, said he is open to any partnership that will foster development in Nigeria and Africa.