Republic Day Of Turkey: We Will Send Drones, Helicopters To Nigeria Soon – Ambassador
The Turkish government has offered to support Nigeria in dealing with the current security threats in the country.
The country assured Nigeria of sharing its experience, technical expertise and technology with the inclusion of deploying drones and helicopters to the African Giant to counter the current security issues bedevilling parts of the country.
Naija News reports that the development was disclosed yesterday in Abuja by the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Nigeria, Hidayet Bayraktar.
Bayraktar, who spoke during the commemoration of the 99th National Day of the Republic of Turkey in Abuja yesterday, described the security support from Turkey to Nigeria as an achievement from the defence cooperation contract signed between both countries in 2021.
The diplomat said Turkey was set to extend all kinds of support to Nigeria during trying times.
“The defence contracts signed between our countries last year marked a historical record.
“Taking this opportunity, I am proud to announce that two of our flagship defence industry platforms, Bayraktar (TB-2) drones and (T-149) ATAK helicopters, are set to arrive in Nigeria.
“We are confident that new Turkish defence products will support the efforts of the Nigerian government and contribute immensely to the peace, prosperity and security of fellow Nigerians,” Daily Trust quoted Bayraktar.
Bayraktar, however, said the Turkish government was also expecting the Nigerian government to reciprocate its legitimate security concerns by taking the necessary steps against the strong presence of the heinous FETO terrorist group in Nigeria.
On the bilateral relations between both countries, Bayraktar said he was very proud that 2021 and 2022 had been a period of great achievements in the bilateral relations between Turkey and Nigeria.
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.
In his remark, Nigeria’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Amb. Zubairu Dada said that Nigeria and Turkey witnessed increased trade and bilateral relations since the high-level visit exchange between both Presidents in 2021.
Dada also said Nigerians remained keen on doing business with their Turkish counterparts, which is reflected in the Turkey-Nigeria Business Congress held in September 2021 in Istanbul.