11 April 2016
President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday departed Abuja for China on a four-day visit. The trip as explained by the presidency is to further discuss Nigeria’s diplomatic relations with the Chinese government.
According to tweets that appeared on the official Presidential Twitter handle (@NGRPresident), the Presidency stated that President Buhari will visit the Shanghai Free Trade Zone and Guanghou Econ & Tech Development Zone.
In the course of the visit, President Buhari will open the China-Nigeria Production Capacity and investment Cooperation Forum in Beijing on Tuesday April 12.
Also in a state House Press Release, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina affirmed that in the course of the visit, several new agreements and memorandums of understanding to boost trade and economic relations between the two countries will be concluded and signed.
The tweet stated that “China and Nigeria began diplomatic relations in 1971. 2001: Bilateral Trade Agreement Signed. 2005: Strategic Partnership Agreement signed.”
The Ministers on the President’s entourage to China include Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Works, Housing and Power, Babatunde Raji Fashola; Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi; Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh and Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah.