President Muhammadu Buhari and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
He also stressed that the Chinese government was committed to supporting Nigeria’s fight against terrorism in the Northeastern part of the country.
Leadership reports that Lin stated this while briefing a joint delegation of journalists from six African countries in Beijing on Wednesday, December 16.
“Let me say here that the Chinese government highly appreciates President Buhari’s present anti-corruption fight.
“The Chinese government strongly believes in our cooperation with Nigeria and also believe want to commend the president’s effort at making Nigeria free of corruption.
“I will like to also say that our government is worried over terrorism and insecurity in the North-East part of that country and is ready to support Nigeria in fighting terrorism,’’ he said.
Lin stressed in his speech that it was imperative for China to support Nigeria’s growth. However, he also noted that with growth and development “terrorism will continue to grow in Nigeria’’.
Speaking about the recent summit on China-Africa Cooperation in Johannesburg, the director-general said that this political event was meant to chart a new course of cooperation for China and African countries, as well as inject “strong impetus” to their already existing cooperation.
The Chinese official noted that his government was currently working hard to make Nigeria and other African countries achieve self-dependent development that would reduce poverty and provide jobs for youth. He added that the Chinese government was ready to support Nigeria and other countries in boosting their food production, as well as disease prevention in their communities.
“Of particular interest is the coastal railway project stretching for 1,402 kilometers linking Lagos in the west with Calabar in the east; a project that is expected to be financed with a $12 billion Chinese loan and which will create 200,000 jobs,” the president’s media aide revealed.