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Turkish drones, helicopters deploy to Nigeria

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By Abdulwasiu Usman

The Turkish government revealed that it’s ready to support Nigeria’s security.

As part of the government effort and measures devised to bolster security in the country, Hidayet Bayraktar, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Nigeria, disclosed that drones and helicopters from Turkey would soon arrive in Nigeria. Bayraktar made it known at the commemoration of the 99th National Day of the Republic of Turkey in Abuja and also characterized Turkey’s aid to Nigeria as a result of the defense cooperation contract signed between the two countries in 2021.

He stated that the defense contracts signed by both countries set a significant historical precedent, emphasizing that Turkey is prepared to offer all forms of security aid to Nigeria in its efforts to combat insecurity threats that are currently plaguing the country whilst also sharing its experience, technical expertise, and technologies. Bayraktar also revealed that two of Turkey’s flagship defense industry platforms, (TB-2) drones and (T-149) ATAK helicopters, are set to arrive in Nigeria.

The year 2022 witnessed an excellent impetus for both countries.

Furthermore, Bayraktar asserts that the new Turkish military products will significantly contribute to the peace, prosperity, and security of fellow Nigerians, as well as assist the efforts of the Nigerian government. He claims that the Turkish government expects the Nigerian government to reciprocate its legitimate security concerns by taking the appropriate actions to combat the vile FETO terrorist group’s substantial presence in Nigeria. Terrorist organizations have been highlighted as the sole impediment limiting the development of diplomatic relations between the two countries. In light of this, the Turkish government has urged Nigeria to put an end to the terror group’s operations.

Speaking on the bilateral ties between the two countries, Bayraktar said that the years 2021 and 2022 saw significant progress in Turkey-Nigeria relations. He noted that the year 2022, which marked the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Nigeria, had lately witnessed a lot of impetus, with the reciprocal high-level visits of President Erdogan in October 2021 and President Buhari in December 2021. With the current pace of increasing commercial relations, Bayraktar said Turkey would soon achieve the target of a $5 billion bilateral trading volume with Nigeria.

Both countries have had a boost in trade with the mutual visit.

The mutual high-level visits have provided the opportunity to highlight both countries’ shared objectives of deepening their bilateral ties in all areas, particularly in the defense sector, energy, construction, manufacturing, healthcare, education, tourism and culture. According to Bayraktar, the Turkish government, with its steady growth over the last decade and its emergence as an economic powerhouse in its region, has expressed its readiness to share its development experience with African countries to broaden and strengthen its cooperation in different areas.

In the same vein, Nigeria’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Amb. Zubairu Dada said Nigeria and Turkey had recorded increased trade and bilateral ties since the high-level visit exchange between both Presidents in 2021. Dada added that since the previous round of high-level meetings and visits, both countries have been exploring new ways to enhance their ties, mainly through increased trade volumes. In addition, she explains that Nigerians have remained interested in conducting business with their Turkish counterparts, which is reflected in the Turkey-Nigeria Business Congress held in Istanbul in September 2021.

Nigeria, Turkey continues diplomatic engagements at a high point.

Dada noted that Nigeria and Turkey have recently shown a deep commitment to partnership in their interactions, including people-to-people relations. He expressed optimism as Nigeria and Turkey maintain high-level diplomatic interactions, stating that both nations will strive persistently to enhance ties for the mutual benefit of their people. According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), members of the Diplomatic Corps, Minister of Environment Mohammed Abdullahi, Senate Chief Whip Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, and Turkish residents were present at the commemoration.


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Adeolastan
Adeolastan
1 year ago

The bilateral relations and Nigeria been one of the biggest country doing business with Turkey will really help in term of the curbing insecurity issue in the country.Because they know if Nigeria cough it can also affect them.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
1 year ago

Nigeria will really benefit from the bilateral ties formed with turkey more in the long run considering the fact that they are more advanced than Nigeria technologically. Now, with the drones and all we will have full monitor on suspected areas where terrorist plaguing us seldom.

Last edited 1 year ago by Ultra0711
Abusi
Abusi
1 year ago

I hope we sustain this bilateral relationship with Turkey for our security sake. We need enough fighting apparatus to wage war against terrorists.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

Our bilateral ties with Turkish government should be maintain and not break the ties. Now they are ready to help us in improving our security to eradicate criminals attack with will really help our country progress

jdpumping
jdpumping
1 year ago

Thanks to Turkish government for pledging to support us fight insecurities in Nigeria by providing helicopter and drones to help us.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

Mostly all the government of the world are ready to support Nigeria on security issues but our government is not ready yet to fight this security challenges

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

Truly it is an excellent relationship built since 2021 between the two country.I hope the Turkish will be able to resolve this security cries in Nigeria.

theApr
theApr
1 year ago

Honestly, this is a good one. Hopefully Nigerian government be transparent as possible and willing to work with them. We pray for success

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

It is to our advantage that Turkish helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles are on their way to Nigeria, as this will be of great assistance to us.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

its good that Turkey is willing to offer all forms of security aid to Nigeria in its efforts to tackle insecurity concerns, as seen by the defense contracts inked by both nations, which set a significant historical precedent.

Remi1
Remi1
1 year ago

This is good news. Emphasizing that Turkey is prepared to offer all forms of security aid to Nigeria in its efforts to combat insecurity threats that are currently plaguing the country.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

The newly developed Turkish military hardware will make a sizeable contribution to Nigeria’s ongoing pursuit of peace, prosperity, and security, as well as provide assistance to the Nigerian government in its pursuit of these goals.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

It is commendable that the Turkish government has the expectation that the Nigerian government will reciprocate its legitimate security concerns by acting in the appropriate manner to combat the vile terrorist group FETO’s substantial presence in Nigeria. This is something that should be done as soon as possible.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
1 year ago

Diplomatic ties between the two countries have been stalled due to terrorist organizations, which have been singled out as the only obstacle to their growth. Given this, the Turkish government has demanded that Nigeria put a stop to the terror group’s activities there.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
1 year ago

The exchange of high-level visits between the two countries has offered the chance to bring attention to the countries’ joint goal of strengthening their bilateral ties in all spheres, but particularly in the military sphere.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
1 year ago

Because of Turkey’s consistent growth over the past decade and its emergence as an economic powerhouse in its region, the Turkish government has stated that it is willing to share its development experience with African countries in order to broaden and strengthen its cooperation in a variety of fields.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
1 year ago

The bilateral relationship established between Nigeria and Turkey is now yielding fruit. I hope this drones deployed to Nigeria will service it purpose and help in defeating insecurity in Nigeria.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
1 year ago

Turkey is prepared to offer all forms of security aid to Nigeria in its efforts to combat insecurity threats that are currently plaguing the country, and the defense contracts signed by both countries emphasize this. Turkey will also share its experience, technical expertise, and technologies with Nigeria.

Christiana
Christiana
1 year ago

The new Turkish military products will greatly contribute to the peace, prosperity, and security of Nigerians, as well as support the government’s efforts.

Bola12
Bola12
1 year ago

The government of Turkey has expressed its desire for Nigeria to put an end to the activities of the terrorist group.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
1 year ago

The project will allow both nations strive persistently to enhance ties for the mutual benefit of their people. Turkey will also share its experience, technical expertise, and technologies with Nigeria.

Last edited 1 year ago by Iyanu12345ogg