By Adedapo Adesanya
The Turkish government has said its bilateral trade volume with Nigeria will increase to $ 5 billion as it seeks to further strengthen socio-economic ties between the two countries.
This was revealed by the country’s President, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, following a closed-door bilateral meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja, on Wednesday.
President Erdogan noted that relations between the two nations are expected to further develop on the basis of a win-win situation and on the basis of mutual respect.
The Turkish leader also expressed his country’s willingness to partner with Nigeria to address its security challenges.
“We hope and pray that we immediately increase our trading volume to $ 5 billion.
“We hope and pray that relations between the two nations will develop further on the basis of a win-win situation and on the basis of mutual respect.
“As Turkey, we are closely following the development in Nigeria in our fraternal and friendly nation.
“Terrorist organizations, armed gangs and naval vendors are continually active in Nigeria and the Nigerian authorities are constantly fighting them.
“In other words, to cooperate more in the field of military operations, defense and security, we are doing whatever is available.
“We are ready to share our capacities, even to extend our capacities like Turkey with Nigeria, in particular in the field of the industry of defense and security which are hailed by the world.
“The sensitivity we show in the fight against terrorism, I hope will be shared by our Nigerian brothers and sisters and our counterparts.
“The perpetrators of the heinous failed coup of July 15, FETO, are still very active in Nigeria. And we are continuously sharing our information with the interlocutor and the Nigerian authorities, ”he said.
Erdogan pledged that his country would cooperate more with Nigeria in the field of counterterrorism as well as in the military, defense and security fields. This follows the attack in the Goronyo local government area in Sokoto state, which left several people dead.
In his remarks, President Buhari praised his Turkish counterpart for opening his country’s borders to accommodate millions of refugees in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
According to Buhari, the Turkish leader has set an example for the rest of the world on how to deal with refugees.
“I congratulate Your Excellency on your leadership and generosity in welcoming and accommodating 4 million refugees fleeing conflict zones, particularly in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.
“You have indeed set an example for the rest of the world,” he said.
President Buhari described the two-day visit of President Erdogan and his wife, Ms. Emine Erdogan, as a reflection of the “strong, warm and cordial bilateral relationship” between Nigeria and Turkey.