Boko Haram: Nigeria announces deal with China

 Muhammad Dan-Ali

The Federal Republic of Nigeria and Peoples Republic of China on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding to offer assistance to the Armed Forces of Nigeria to strengthen its counter-insurgency measures.

The Nigerian government had sought assistance of China in tackling Boko Haram.

Minister of Defence, Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali and the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, H.E Dr Ziyou Pingjian signed the MOU in Abuja on behalf of their countries.

However, details of the deal was not disclosed.

Colonel Tukur Fussy, the minister’s spokesman, in a statement, said the signing of the MOU was a follow up to the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to China in September, 2018.

During the meeting, Buhari held discussions on infrastructure financing for strategic projects and gratis for the Armed Forces was held with the Chinese President, Mr Xi Jinping.