By Audrey Lotechukwu
WED 30 JUNE, 2021-theGBJournal- President Muhammadu Buhari said today that Nigeria highly values the bilateral cooperation with China, under the initiatives of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and within the framework of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), which have brought tangible benefits to Nigeria and its people.
The comment comes on the heels of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between both countries and the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
According to the President, the past 50 years have witnessed an increasingly enhanced political trust, closer mutually beneficial economic and trade relations and cumulatively dynamic people to people exchange between Nigeria and China.
He assured Communist Party leadership that Nigeria is ready to work with China, ‘’to enhance bilateral relations, to deepen cooperation in all pragmatic sectors, as well as to promote exchanges between the two ruling parties, so as to lift the Nigeria-China Strategic Partnership to higher level.”
The President also hailed ‘’the resolute response and remarkable success made by China against the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as its contribution to the world, and Africa in particular, by sharing experience, knowledge and medical relief materials.’’
‘’Under the strong leadership of the CPC, China has overcome the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, and achieved victory in the three major battles of fighting the pandemic, restoring the economy and reducing poverty,’’ President Buhari added.
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC), President Bihari said- Guided by Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, the CPC, with General Secretary Xi Jinping at the core, has led the Chinese people to realize remarkable economic and social progress. China has achieved the first centenary goal of building a moderately prosperous society, and has already embarked on a new journey to fully build a modern socialist country, which is the second centenary goal.