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Buhari Meets Jinping As China Intercepts Nigeria’s Stolen Crude

Posted: Sep 27, 2015 at 8:59 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chesa Chesa, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his government’s appreciation to China for intercepting stole?n crude oil being shipped from Nigeria for sale in the international black market.

Buhari, who met on Sunday with Chinese President, Xi Jinping, on the sidelines of the 70th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York, restated his determination to fully sanitise Nigeria’s oil industry and make it totally free of corruption and shady deals.

An Aso Rock statement from New York said ?Buhari thanked Xi Jinping for China’s ongoing help in curbing crude oil theft from Nigeria by the interception of shiploads of stolen crude oil which were to be sold and proceeds paid into private accounts.

“We know your stand on corruption, and we are grateful. Your continued cooperation in curbing oil theft from Nigeria will be appreciated,” he told the Chinese leader.

Buhari said he had taken a necessary first step in checking corruption in the oil sector with the appointment of a new management for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and its subsequent reorganisation.

The President restated that the prosecution of those who misappropriated the NNPC’s revenue under past administrations would soon commence.

He also assured Xi Jinping that under its new leadership, the Nigerian military had been re-trained and re-equipped, and was now making steady gains against Boko Haram.

The Chinese leader told Buhari that China, which is  already involved in Nigeria in diverse areas like railway, airports, agriculture, and in the Mambilla Hydro-power project, among others, would increase its investment in the country’s agricultural sector to support the achievement of domestic food security.

He also promised further Chinese investment in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry, and more support for human capital development in the country.