President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday announced that Nigeria will partner with the Republic of Turkey to strengthen security and defense ties in order to deal with the current insecurity facing the country.
Buhari made the announcement at a bilateral meeting with the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, shortly before the official commencement of the 3rd Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit in Istanbul, Turkey.
This was also disclosed in a statement titled ‘Nigeria, Turkey To Strengthen Security, Defence Ties,’ by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
The President was quoted as saying, “Turkey has practical experience dealing with challenges over the years and Nigeria stands to gain from that.”
Buhari assured that the relationship between the two countries would continue to grow for their mutual benefits, adding that he was pleased with the offer of support by Turkey in the area of security in Nigeria.
“I wish to express my appreciation for the special invitation for this meeting and to express my happiness with your offer of assistance in dealing with the challenges facing us.
“I await the reports of officials and the ministers as they hold meetings with their counterparts. I assure you that I will endorse all their positive recommendations,” Buhari said.
The Turkish leader had earlier said, “Turkey understands the challenges facing Nigeria and its needs, and we are ready to assist you to meet those needs especially in the area of defense.
“I am happy Nigeria is stepping up cooperation with other nations in areas of defense and health, and we are ready to cooperate with you on these areas and more.”
Turkey said it welcomed the Nigerian government’s decision to buy naval ships from their shipyard, noting that discussions are ongoing on how to strengthen the capacity of the Defense Industries Corporation (DICON) in Kaduna in line with an agreement signed during President Erdogan’s last State Visit.