Nigeria warns officials against recognising Taiwan; reaffirms One China policy

President Muhammadu Buhari

The Federal Government on Thursday reaffirmed its One China policy as part of its drive to strengthen and deepen the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

The Federal Government made this known in a circular dispatched to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), through the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) in Abuja on Thursday.

The circular read in part: “As part of government’s drive to strengthen and deepen bilateral relationships with China, it has become imperative to reaffirm Nigeria’s position on the (One China Policy).’’

According to the circular, for clarity, ‘‘the Federal Government recognises that Beijing remains the only seat of the government representing the whole China and Taiwan is an inalienable part of its territory.’’

The circular further stated that in effect, the Federal Government does not recognise Taiwan as an independent territory.

According to the circular, “Mr President has directed that the term “Republic of China (Taiwan) shall not be used in official communications and pronouncement.

“And all official and private trips by government officials to Taiwan must be cleared by the SGF.’’

In the circular, the government is also reviewing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on trade relations between Nigeria and Taiwan and its outcome will be communicated in due course.

According to the circular, all MDAs are enjoined to bring the contents of this circular to the notice of all concerned for immediate compliance. (NAN)


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    Since Trump’s election as President of USA, there’s been a complete halt to Buhari perambulating, and rigmaroling in the USA!

  • Maitama Tambari

    The issue is not and cannot be one China Policy which is acceptable. The issue is National Interest of Nigeria in Trade and Investment. I recalled leading a Team to Taipan on Trade and Investment tour and our report was crystal clear to the SGF in 2002. We made comparative analysis of Investment between Taiwan and Mainland China and showed billion of dollars of investment flowing from Taiwan to Mainland China. Our question was if the two brothers who are in disagreement on politics but are willing to engage in trade and investment why do Mainland China is telling us not to engage in trade and investment? The country would have benefited from the billion of dollars flowing for textiles industry especially with AGOA (Africa Growth and Opportunity Act), President Bill Clinton policy to help African to grow in opportunities and development.

  • Otile

    If the Taiwanese people were Muslims Imam Buhari would allow them to enjoy their hard fought self-determination. Is Imam not fighting hard to make Palestine a free and strong nation because they are Mohammedans?