Nigeria will soon receive drones and helicopters from Turkey to fight insecurity in the country.
Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Hidayet Bayraktar, made this known during the commemoration of the 99th National Day of the Republic of Turkey in Abuja on Friday.
He said drones and helicopters from Turkey would soon arrive in Nigeria as part of efforts to strengthen the security architecture of the country as espoused by the defence cooperation contract signed between both countries in 2021.
He noted that Turkey was set to extend all kinds of support to Nigeria in its efforts to counter its security threats by sharing its experience, technical expertise and technology.
He said; “The defence contracts signed between our countries last year marked a historical record. Taking this opportunity, I am proud to announce that two of our flagship defence industry platforms, Bayraktar (TB-2) drones and (T-149) ATAK helicopters, are set to arrive in Nigeria.
“We are confident that new Turkish defence products will support the efforts of the Nigerian Government and contribute immensely to the peace, prosperity and security of fellow Nigerians,” Bayraktar said.
Bayraktar also called on the Nigerian government to reciprocate its legitimate security concerns by taking the necessary steps against the strong presence of heinous Fetullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO) in Nigeria.
“Remaining as the sole obstacle hindering our bilateral relations to develop further, we call Nigeria not to let terror groups undermine our excellent ties, by allowing this terrorist group to fund their illegal aims and activities, by generation of revenues in this country.”
The envoy expressed delight that the bilateral relations between both countries in 2021 and 2022 had been a period of great achievements.
He said further that year 2022 which marked the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties with Nigeria, had indeed gained a huge momentum recently, with the reciprocal high-level visits of President Erdogan, in October, 2021 and President Buhari, in December 2021.
He expressed optimism that with the current pace of increasing commercial relations, both countries will soon achieve the target of $5 billion of bilateral trading volume.
“These mutual high-level visits have provided the opportunity to underline our shared goal of strengthening our bilateral ties in every field, especially in terms of commerce, defence industry, energy, construction, manufacturing, healthcare, education, tourism and culture.
“With its steady growth over the last decade and by emerging as an economic powerhouse in its region, Türkiye expressed its readiness to share its development experience with African States, to broaden and strengthen its cooperation in different areas.
“Today, Turkish business people, some of whom are present tonight are investing in numerous sectors, from Fast-Moving-Consumer-Goods to construction, from healthcare to transportation, from energy to agriculture.
“With the current pace of increasing commercial relations, I am confident that we will soon achieve our target of $5 billion of bilateral trading volume with Nigeria, which remains as one of our top trading partners in sub-Saharan Africa,” Bayraktar said.
Nigeria’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Amb. Zubairu Dada, said that Nigeria and Turkey witnessed increased trade and bilateral relations since the high-level visit exchange between both Presidents in 2021.
Dada also said Nigerians remained keen in doing business with their Turkish counterparts which is reflected in the Turkey-Nigeria Business Congress held in September 2021 in Istanbul.