Nigeria and Turkey have signed a series of bilateral agreements and memoranda of understanding on a number of key sectors of energy, defence industry, mining and hydrocarbons among others. The pact was inked between President Muhammadu Buhari and Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“As a positive outcome, eight major agreements/MoUs on a number of the key sectors including energy, defence industry, mining and hydrocarbons among others, were signed. We have agreed that implementation is to commence immediately. In the course of our discussions, we also reviewed the travel ban list based on the revised COVID-19 protocols and removed Turkey from Nigeria’s travel ban list. Turkey has indeed achieved remarkable success in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic,” said President Buhari.
“I commend Your Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for your leadership and generosity in receiving and accommodating four million refugees fleeing from conflict areas particularly in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. You have indeed set an example to the rest of the world,” he added.
President Buhari described the two-day visit of President Erdogan and the First Lady, Emine Erdogan, as a reflection of the “robust, warm and cordial bilateral relation” between Nigeria and Turkey. He said the trade volume between both countries reached $2billion in 2020, making Nigeria the outstanding and biggest trading partner in sub-Saharan Africa.
“However, we still believe that this level of trade we have achieved is far from being adequate. We hope and pray that we will be expanding our trade volume up to five billion dollars immediately. We hope that the relations between the two nations will be further developed on the basis of a win-win scenario and mutual respect,” said the Turkish leader.