The Consul General of the Chinese Consulate Lagos, Mr. Chu Maoming has in a statement said that although the China-Nigeria diplomatic relations has achieved so many milestones, but the years ahead hold more promises.
In a goodwill message he exclusively sent ACE, Chu said the two countries have reaped so much dividends since the inception of their diplomacy on February 10, 1971.
He noted that: ‘Fifty years are no more than a split of a second in the history of human civilization, but in every second we are making history. As the great Nigerian poet Ben Okri once said: “Our future is greater than our past.” We firmly believe China-Nigeria strategic partnership is bound to embrace broader prospects and make greater contributions to peace and development of Africa and to stability and prosperity of the world under our concerted efforts.”
He further noted that “Year 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Nigeria. The Chinese Consulate General in Lagos would like to take this opportunity to extend sincere gratitude to Nigerian friends and all those who care about the cause of friendship between China and Nigeria.
Fifty years ago on February 10th, 1971, the People’s Republic of China and the Federal Republic of Nigeria established diplomatic relations, opening a brand new chapter in the history of friendly exchanges between the two great countries. Over the past 50 years, political mutual trust has enhanced, practical cooperation has boomed and people-to-people exchanges has deepened. China-Nigeria cooperation has become a crucial part of China-Africa cooperation and South-South cooperation nowadays.
Mutual understanding, mutual trust, and mutual support have always been the most important experience in past 50 years between China and Nigeria. We thank Nigeria for siding with China on issues concerning China’s core interests. China will also continue to firmly support Nigeria in safeguarding national sovereignty, security, and development interests, and support Nigeria in playing a bigger role in regional and international issues.
May the China-Nigeria friendship be everlasting!