President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, 21st January 2020 sent warm greetings to President Xi Jinping and all citizens of the People’s Republic of China at home and abroad, as they celebrate the Chinese Lunar Year from January 25th.
In a statement made available to the press by his Spokesman, Femi Adesina, recounted the strides being taken in Nigeria-China relations and says there are new opportunities for mutual benefits.
The full text reads:
“As celebrations of the Chinese Year of the Rat by Chinese community in Nigeria and across the world commences on 25th January this year, on behalf of the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I extend my warmest and most sincere greetings and wishes to you and the Chinese people for a promising and auspicious Lunar New Year".
“In the past year, the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China was warmly celebrated.
The tremendous achievements made by the Chinese people fully demonstrate that China has found the successful development path that fits its national reality".
“The past year has also been a productive one for China-Nigeria relations.
The all-round, wide-ranging and high-quality bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and China has been further intensified, and our belief in the One China policy re-affirmed.
There is a new impetus in Nigeria-China relations and we have new opportunities for mutual benefits".
“I note that 2020 marks the year China will finish building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and the final year of the 13th Five-Year Plan".
Also, President Buhari expresses delight that China is making positive progress, setting a good example for developing countries to pursue their own development goals.
He stressed that he would take a new outset to work with China hand in hand to develop the Belt and Road Initiative, further implement the outcomes of the FOCAC Beijing Summit, and promote the Nigeria-China strategic partnership to a new level.
President Buhari wishes all Chinese nationals, a Happy New Year!