Presidency clarifies Nigeria’s relationship with Taiwan

A day after Nigeria’s foreign affairs minister said “Taiwan will stop enjoying any privileges (from Nigeria),” the presidency clarified Nigeria’s stance on the matter.

Geoffrey Onyeama had at a news conference on Wednesday said “Taiwan will stop enjoying any privileges because it is not a country that is recognised under international law and under the position we have taken internationally we recognise the people of China.”

“Taiwan will not have any diplomatic representation in Nigeria and also they will be moving to Lagos to the extent that they function as a trade mission with a skeletal staff,” the minister said.

In its reaction to media reports of the minister’s statement, the presidency on Thursday said Nigeria had not cut ties with Taiwan.

Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, in a statement in Abuja on Thursday said the correct position is that the official relationship between Nigeria and Taiwan has been at the level of trade representation and this has not changed from what it used to be.

“Taiwan Trade Office is Taiwan’s only representation in Nigeria and Nigeria’s Trade Office in Taipei is our only representation in Taiwan.

“Nigeria recognises and will sustain the “One China” policy and nothing has happened so far to change that level of relationship”, Mr. Shehu said.



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  • Maitama Tambari

    Garba Shehu position is much better than the Foreign Ministry. I was the desk Officer overseeing the Taiwan Trade Mission at the then Federal Ministry of Commerce. After my Official visit to Taiwan in 2000, I made a report based on economic relationships and had meetings in my Officer with SGF representative and the Chief Protocol Officer of Foreign Office. Garba Shehu has confirmed our position that Nigeria should maintain Trade Offices in Taiwan and Abuja. We discovered that the two brothers have maintained Trade and economic contacts in billion of dollars but are trying to stop other countries from trade with Taiwan. Trading with Taiwan doesn’t mean Nigeria recognizes Taiwan as a country. No, far fetched from it. Nigeria is only after its economic interests and in the process help Nigerians to enjoy their occupation in trading with Taiwan. We therefore agreed that Taiwan should maintain its Offices in Abuja when Foreign Affairs tried to send them back to Lagos after it has approved for them to move to Abuja. I represented the Minister in commissioning their Offices in Abuja. Politics aside, as China engaged Taiwan in trade and investment we should not lose sight of our own economic interests. If China does it with Taiwan they cannot stop Nigeria from such interest.