The Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Maigari Dingyadi has assured the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria of the willingness of the federal government to partner with China to enhance security in the country. Dingyadi stated this during a courtesy visit by the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun, to the ministry’s Headquarters in Abuja.
The Head, Press & Public Relations Unit, Bolaji O. Kazeem, in a press statement, Wednesday in Abuja, said the minister stated that Nigeria was facing serious security problems, noted that there was need to work together to improve the security situation in the country.
According to Dingyadi, “As you are aware there is terrorism and banditry in the North-east, North-west, North-central, and a secessionist movement in the South-east, kidnapping and other criminal activities going on.
“Unfortunately, Nigeria is not the only country facing these problems in Africa; our neighbouring countries also share in these problems with us.”
He noted that with the support of the international community Nigeria should be able to solve these problems and extend solutions to neigbouring countries.
The minister reiterated that the issue of security cannot be separated from poverty and unemployment and pointed out the federal government’s effort to reduce the situation through poverty alleviation programmes and the creation of opportunities for youths in the various sector of the economy.
The minister pointed out that government was making efforts to boost the morale of the security personnel to actualise their responsibility to the citizens.
Dingyadi reiterated the need to work closely to ensure that more infrastructure, investment, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and security equipment/training programmes as well as industries were attracted to the country to create more employment opportunities and reduce poverty in the country.
Earlier, Ambassador Jianchun said that China and Nigeria have had a profound diplomatic relationship for the past 50 years and there is the need to work together to improve on bilateral relations and intelligence sharing.
He said his priority was to build a strategy for both countries to work together in the political field, economy, and military cooperation, ICT, security, people-to-people ties and to improve the infrastructure of the country.