As a part of the efforts to strengthen the security architecture of Nigeria, the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Nigeria, Hidayet Bayraktar, has announced that drones and helicopters from Turkey will soon arrive in Nigeria.
Ambassador Bayraktar made this announcement during the commemoration the 99th National Day of the Republic of Turkey in Abuja.
According to Bayraktar, the security support from Turkey to Nigeria is an achievement from the defence cooperation contract the two countries signed in 2021.
He stated that Turkey was ready to extend all kinds of support to Nigeria in its efforts to counter its security threats. The country aims to share its experience, technical expertise and technology.
Bayraktar states, “The defence contracts signed between our countries last year marked a historical record.”
Further, he took the opportunity to announce that two of our flagship defence industry platforms. Bayraktar (TB-2) drones and (T-149) ATAK helicopters, will shortly arrive in Nigeria.
Bayraktar said that the Turkish Government is also expecting the Nigerian Government to reciprocate its legitimate security concerns. The Government of the nation must take the necessary steps against the strong presence of the heinous FETO terrorist group in the country.
Further, Bayraktar commented on the bilateral relations between both countries. He said he was very proud that 2021 and 2022 had been a period of outstanding achievements in the bilateral relations between the two nations.
Bayraktar said that the year 2022 which marked the 60th anniversary of establishing diplomatic ties with Nigeria, had indeed gained considerable momentum recently. This observation was made due to the reciprocal high-level visits of President Erdogan, in October 2021 and President Buhari, in December 2021.
He said that with the current pace of increasing commercial relations, he was confident that Turkey would soon achieve the target of $5 billion of bilateral trading volume with Nigeria.