China promises N2 billion military hardware for anti-terrorism fight.
The Chinese government has pledged N2billion (50million Yuan) in military fighting equipment in support of Nigeria’s counter-insurgency operations in the North East.
According to the Ambassador of China to Nigeria, Dr. Zhou Pingjuan, the support is part of the military to military cooperation consummated between the two countries in 2018.
He spoke during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between both countries at the Ministry of Defence in Abuja.
“In September 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari led a Nigerian delegation to China to attend the Africa-Chinese forum. At the forum, he held bilateral discussions with President Xi Jinping on several areas of cooperation, particularly military to military relations.
“At the meeting in China, an initial pledge of 6million Yuan was made in support of the Nigerian military. Now, another 50million Yuan (N2billion) has been made to support the counter-insurgency operation of the military,” the Chinese envoy said.
Pingjuan, who noted that Nigeria and Chinese bilateral relations have continued to grow from strength to strength in economic and other spheres, said implementation of the peace and security agreements contained in the MoU would further cement them.
The Defence Minister, Mansur Dan-Ali, commended the Chinese government for standing by Nigeria in the fight against terrorism, which, he noted, has become a global problem.
“Insurgency is no longer a country’s problem alone. It is now a global problem. So countries must join hands together to fight and defeat this problem.”
Dan-Ali reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to a strong and lasting relationship with China and expressed the hope that the military to military cooperation would be pursued with more vigor.
In recent past, Nigeria has purchased military aircraft like the F7Ni supersonic jet fighters, which the Nigerian Air Force has been using to prosecute the war on terror. The country has also bought some warships to boost the Nigerian Navy’s operations in the maritime domain.