Nigeria, Turkey to strengthen security, defence ties – President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says in furtherance of sustained efforts at keeping Nigerians safer, Nigeria will partner with the Republic of Turkey in dealing with the current security challenges facing the nation.

The president’s media aide, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement in Abuja, said the Nigerian leader stated this while speaking at a bilateral meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey shortly before the official commencement of the 3rd Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit in Istanbul, on Friday.

President Buhari acknowledged that Turkey had garnered a lot of experience dealing with security challenges of various kinds and Nigeria would latch onto that experience.

He said: “Turkey has practical experience dealing with challenges over the years and Nigeria stands to gain from that.”

While giving assurances that the relationship between the two states will continue to grow for the mutual benefits of both countries, President Buhari said he was pleased with the Turkish offer of support in the area of security and peace 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 assured Erdogan.

Earlier, the Turkish leader said that he was happy to receive President Buhari shortly after he paid an official visit to Nigeria.

“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 defence.

‘‘I am happy Nigeria is stepping up cooperation with other nations in areas of defence and health, and we are ready to cooperate with you on these areas and more,” he said

Turkey, according to him, which has growing recognition in the world as a military power and had successes to show in Iraq, Syria, Libya and lately Azerbaijan, welcomes the Nigerian government’s decision to buy naval ships from their shipyard,

He noted that discussions are ongoing on how to strengthen the capacity of the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria(DICON) in Kaduna in line with an agreement signed during his last State Visit to Nigeria. (NAN)