The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun has announced the coming to Nigeria soon, what he called “5GIST Nigeria-China ‘Growth, Development Progress (GDP) strategy to take the bilateral relations between the two countries to higher levels.
The Ambassador, who visited the special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Femi Adesina at the presidential Villa, Abuja, explained that the 5-Goal strategy revolved around Political Support; Economic Cooperation; Military Collaboration; International Coordination and People to People Bond among others, built on the existing Belt and Road Initiative of the Chinese government.
Ambassador Cui Jianchun who is the 14th Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, solicited for the support of the media office of the President even as he expressed his gratitude for the strong relations with his country.
He expressed his delight at witnessing the flag off of the Lagos to Ibadan rail project recently by President Buhari.
Ambassador Jianchun said that he looked forward to celebrating 50 years of friendship and bilateral relations between the two countries in October.
This was even as the Presidential spokesman assured the ambassador that the administration of President Buhari will continue to collaborate with the Chinese government in the area of provision of critical infrastructure in the country.
Femi Adesina said: “Nigeria has a high respect for China and what China is helping Nigeria to achieve particularly in the area of infrastructure. President Buhari came at a time of severe infrastructure deficit in the country and resolved to make a difference and he is making that difference with the assistance of China. Nigeria appreciates China a lot for these and will continue to collaborate with it.”
The Presidential spokesman said the Nigerian President had been to China two times in furtherance of the relationship and looks forward to greater collaboration, assuring the Ambassador that the media office of the President was ready to join hands with the Chinese in advancing the relationship.
On hand also to receive the Ambassador was the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu.