Nairametrics| The Federal Government of Nigeria has broken all of its official ties with Taiwan after the Chinese government insisted that the FG supports its ‘One China’ principle which does not recognize Taiwan as an independent state, but rather as a province under it, Bloomberg reports.
A joint statement signed by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria and China, Geoffrey Onyeama and Wang Yi respectively, said Nigeria ceases to have any official relations or engage in any official contacts with Taiwan. It said that the Nigerian government recognizes that there is only one China in the world with Taiwan as an inalienable part of its territory.
“The Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria reiterates not to have any official relations or engage in any official contacts with Taiwan, and supports all efforts made by the Chinese Government to realise national reunification,” the statement said.
In swift compliance to pressure from China and in accordance with the statement, the Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama announced on Wednesday after meeting with Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, that the FG has ordered the immediate relocation of the Taiwan trade mission from Abuja the capital city, to Lagos. Onyeama also said Taiwan would stop enjoying privileges because it wasn’t a country recognized under international law, Xinhua said.
Taiwan’s foreign ministry have protested the decision in a statement Thursday.
“The foreign ministry strongly protests and condemns the unreasonable, rude and outrageous act of political hype carried out by the Nigerian government in complying with mainland China’s political goals,” the ministry said.
Nigeria has thus followed the Sao Tome and Principe in breaking ties with Taiwan, who is under threat from the Chinese government not to declare independence.
Nigeria has been seeking Chinese support after a slump in oil prices pushed the African nation to the brink of its first full-year recession since 1991. The two countries have been discussing various deals spanning oil production to infrastructure, with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari returning from a visit to Beijing in April with promises for $6 billion of loans.