Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari saturday in Abuja rejoiced with the government and people of the Peopleâ€™s Republic of China, on the occasion of the Chinese Lunar New Year.
According to Mr. Femi Adesina, his media adviser, Buhari addressed a letter to the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, saying, â€œAs you commence festivities marking the Chinese Year of Dog on February 16, 2018, we congratulate and wish the Chinese people a prosperous and peaceful New Year. I understand that the Chinese believe dogs are associated with affinity and prosperity.â€
He said Buhari acknowledged the accomplishments of what he described as the Asian power house in the past year globally, and domestically especially on the economic and the political fronts.
He added: â€œIn the past year of the Rooster, China recorded tremendous achievements in its economy, democracy and foreign relations, among others. The successful convening of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) opens a new chapter for Chinaâ€™s New Era as a global leader in innovation, security, poverty alleviation, infrastructure and development financing.â€
Adesina said the president also commended the close bilateral relationship between China and Nigeria on one hand and Sino-African relations on the other hand, quoting him as saying: â€œThis year marks the 47th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Nigeria and China. I am pleased to see that political, economic, cultural and social ties between our two countries are getting stronger.
â€œI am looking forward to China hosting the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit in Beijing in September this year, and have every reason to believe that the Year of Dog will bring us more success stories and mutual benefits for China-Africa cooperation.â€
â€œMay the year of Dog see Nigeria-China friendship blossom and flourish for the benefit of our peoplesâ€, he added.