Nigeria and China, have signed a bilateral intellectual agreement to find lasting solutions to the challenges of insecurity in both countries.
Speaking on the Nigeria, China bilateral intellectual agreement, the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun, said, Nigeria and China have challenges of insecurity and that the two countries need to work together in harmony to ensure peace in both countries, Africa and the world.
Jianchun, who spoke after the signing ceremony between China’s Contemporary World(Nigeria) Magazine and the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution of Nigeria (IPCR) in Abuja, emphasised on the need to have peace for development, growth and sustainability.
“Both China and Nigeria have issues of insecurity, we need peace, therefore, we must work together to find resolutions to these problems. We need harmony in integration, society, culture that will enable us achieve peace, development and sustainability,” he said, adding that, China was looking at ways to make Nigeria a developed country and also make the African continent developed.
His words: “We are looking at ways through which we can make Nigeria a developed country and the rest of Africa as well through infrastructure, ICT and good governance. With the signing of this agreement, Nigeria becomes the first African country to sign an agreement with China on peace and security.”
He explained the need to have service oriented leaders and not those who just seek to grab power, adding that, China faced the challenges being faced by Nigeria today many years ago, but that, if the political parties got it right in chasing after service rather than just to get power, Nigeria would become like China.
Director, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Dr. Bakut Bakut, in his remarks said, “This agreement is a boost to our partnership which is a continuation of what the country has been doing with the republic of China, which will focus more on Africa, world peace and security.
“The magazine is focused on non-sentimental issues such as environment, culture, economics, and others. Contributions to the magazine will be 60% China, 40% Nigerian and the magazine will cost N1000 due to subsidy from the Chinese. The magazine will be officially launched in September and it’s going to be quarterly.”