By Segun Odeleye
While receiving the new Chinese ambassador to Nigeria, Gu Xiaojie, Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday reassured the global community of the safety of all participants in next month’s World Economic Forum on Africa billed for Abuja.
In a statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Dr. Reuben Abati, the president said that the security challenges being experienced in parts of the country will have no adverse effect on the safety of participants at the forum.
The president also commended China for confirming participation of its delegation at the Forum, to be led by Premier Li Keqiang.
He said: “I am quite pleased that the Premier of the People’s Republic of China has confirmed that he is coming. We will be addressing the World Economic Forum on Africa together. We will also sit down together to discuss shared national interests.
“We will give all participants a good reception in Abuja. We have faced challenges in the area of security, but we will overcome the situation so that our economy can move forward faster. Participants will not have a problem with security during the summit.”