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> Document Sales of Military Uniforms, Hardwares, Mark Tells China

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> As part of efforts to curb the activities of the Boko Haram, the President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, yesterday urged the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Chinese National People's Congress (NPC), Mr. Zhang Dejiang, to initiate laws that would ensure the documentation of all buyers and sellers of military  hardwares and uniforms from China.

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> Senator Mark, who made this appeal during an interactive meeting with Mr. Dejiang at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, also requested that “because of our country (Nigeria's) current challenges, every interface between our countries' parliaments should centre on military training and strategy, technology transfer, poverty reduction and job creation.

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> “We also ask that to further assist our fight against terrorism, buyers and sellers of military uniforms and hardwares from your country should be properly documented. This will enable us trace the sources of military uniforms and hardwares available to these terrorists.

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> “We want to reassure you that we are doing everything possible to rescue the over 230 girls abducted by the terrorists. We also appreciate the assistance that has been promised and made available by the international community including China,” the President of the Senate further said.

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> “We believe that the terrorists and insurgents in our country have connections with other terrorists and possibly with some international terrorists groups. We also believe that China with her experience in strategies and tactics can help in intelligence gathering to enable us halt the murderous acts of the Boko Haram,” he further said.

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> Responding, Mr. Dejiang described terrorism “as a common enemy,” stressing that “China is a victim. We will stand firmly with Nigeria.

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> He noted that “China has been following the abduction of the girls and we will help to the best of our abilities and we hope the girls will return home as soon as possible.

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> “We condemn the abduction of these girls in the strongest terms. China will also give active support in ensuring that the girls are brought back home,” Dejiang further said.

Signed:
Kola Ologbondiyan
Special Adviser, Media & Publicity to the President of the Senate.