Presidency justifies Buhari’s trip to Turkey
In an article titled, ‘Takeaway From President Buhari’s Epic Visit To Turkey’, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said before the trip, which was held December 16 to 19, Nigeria’s national strategy was laid out, based on strong optimism that the summit will work well for all the leaders.
The Presidency noted that Turkey is serious about working with Africa in a win-win relationship. It said the embrace of Turkey by Africa is a logical path to follow, given that the country had gone through the big economies in search of economic and national development, abandoned that process and became, on their own, the fastest growing economy in Europe. Yearly trade between Turkey and Africa was $5.5 billion in 2003. Today, it has risen to $26 billion.
It said: “Flowing from the meeting of leaders, the heads of our defence and security establishments were afforded long engagements with their Turkish counterparts. The meetings took time to reflect on what Nigeria needs to overcome the problem of insecurity. These issues revolved around the use of technology to fight crime, something that everyone is doing, and so why not Nigeria.”