Nigeria signs MoU with China on military aid to combat terrorism
London, Dec. 2, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria and the People ‘s Republic of China have agreed to deepen bilateral Military Cooperation in the fight against terrorism
Consequently, the two countries on Tuesday signed agreement (protocol) that allows China provide military assistance gratis to Nigeria at a brief ceremony held at the Ministry of Defence Headquarters Abuja.
This was contained in a statement issued by Special Assistant to the Minister of Defence on Media and Publicity, Mohammad Abdulkadri
The agreement for military assistance from China comes few days when Nigeria attributed the delay in effectively routing Boko Haram terrorists to global powers that are blocking Nigeria’s moves to acquire weapons to fight terrorism and win the insurgency war.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, told reporters in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, that the action of the world powers was frustrating Nigeria’s resolve to end the insurgency war.
The Minister of Defence, Maj Gen Bashir Salihi (rtd) said that China’s provision of Military Assistance to Nigeria was timely pointing out that it will be a force multipliers for the troops in counter terrorism Operation in the North East of the country
He said terrorism was a global security challenge and fighting it requires the Cooperation of all countries to jointly defeat it.
The Minister of Defence therefore appealed to other friendly countries to emulate the support of China to Nigeria so that collectively terrorism can be totally defeated in the country sooner than anticipated.
Leader of the 3-man China’s delegation, Acting Ambassador Chinese Embassy, Mr Zhao Yong supported by the Defence Attache to Nigeria, Senior Colonel Liu Yongxuan while Signing the MoU assured the Minister of continous strong Military bilateral Cooperation with Nigeria.
They noted that the gratis to Nigeria on government to government basis in the areas of diplomatic exchanges, defence procurement and capacity building through training will be reinforced in joint cooperation to fight terrorism in the country.
Nigeria’s premier radio station, Radio Nigeria reports that the Nigeria-China diplomatic relation dates back to 1971 and has since been cordially consummated by both countries with Signing of various MoU.
They include provision of Military Aid gratis in 2013, 2016 and Acquisition of Defence Equipment in 2019 among others.