Ambassador Cui Jianchun presents his credentials to Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari.
On June 1, 2021, the new Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun presented his credentials to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. The Chief of staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, and the National Security Adviser to the President, Babagana Monguno, attended the event. Ambassador Cui first conveyed the cordial greetings from President Xi Jinping to President Buhari, saying that China and Nigeria regard each other as important strategic partners and have jointly celebrated the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations in February this year. Over the past 50 years, bilateral relations have been developing continuously and rapidly, political exchanges have been close, practical cooperation has yielded fruitful results, and people-to-people and cultural exchanges have developed vigorously. The cooperation between the two countries has been at the forefront of China-Africa cooperation.
China highly appreciates President Buhari’s great importance to the development of relations with China, and is willing to work with Nigeria to further implement the outcomes of the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and the Special Summit of China-Africa Solidarity against the Epidemic, and promote China-Nigeria strategic partnership to a new level, to better benefit the two countries and the two peoples. President Buhari asked Ambassador Cui to convey his cordial greetings and best wishes to President Xi Jinping. He welcomes and congratulates Ambassador Cui for his new appointment in Nigeria. He said that China is one of Nigeria’s closest partners and that Nigeria is willing to strengthen communication and coordination with China, and further deepen and expand the existing friendly relations between the two countries, and work together to deal with global challenges such as the Covid-19 epidemic, climate change, and terrorism.