The Nigerian government has said it is ready to partner with China to tackle insecurity.
Police Minister Maigari Dingyadi greeted Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria Cui Jianchun at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja.
Dingyadi said the world is aware that Africa’s most populous nation faces serious security challenges.
He cited terrorism and banditry in the North, the secessionist movement in the Southeast, kidnappings and other criminal activities across the country.
“Nigeria is not the only country facing these problems in Africa, our neighboring countries also share these problems with us,” he said.
Dingyadi noted that with the support of the international community, Nigeria should be able to resolve the issues.
He said security cannot be separated from poverty and unemployment and assured that the federal government is doing its best through poverty reduction programs.
The minister told Nigerians that the safety of life and property is everyone’s responsibility and urged them to share information and intelligence that would help security agencies.
In his remarks, Cui Jianchun said China and Nigeria have enjoyed a deep diplomatic relationship for 50 years.
The envoy stressed the need for the two countries to work together to improve bilateral relations and intelligence sharing.
Cui Jianchun emphasized the priority areas, adding that the first is infrastructure.
“The second is information and communication technology (ICT), China is taking the lead in 5G technology and is really having a big impact on all lifestyles and industries. I think the two countries can work together to bring more investments, ”he said.