Reports that the Chinese government is involved in the spread of terrorist operations in Nigeria have been refuted by the Chinese government.
The comment was made in reaction to a revelation by a British newspaper, The Times, that claimed Chinese mining industry employees were sponsoring terrorist organizations in some parts of Nigeria to gain access to the nation’s mineral resources.
The Times claims to have sent its research to a team in Lagos for analysis.
China, however, disputed the claims and referred to the reporting as “irresponsible” in a statement released on Monday by its diplomatic mission in Abuja via its Twitter account.
The Chinese Mission said, “Our attention has been drawn to a media report titled “Chinese ‘bribed Nigerian militants for access to vast mineral reserves”, published by the The Times of the U.K. on April 15, 2023.
“This report, claiming that “Beijing could be indirectly funding terror” in Nigeria, is based on unverified, unclear and unproven information, to which we have to express our strong dissatisfaction and objection.
“The Chinese government, as well as the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria, have always encouraged and urged the Chinese companies and nationals in Nigeria to abide by the laws and regulations of Nigeria, and to implement the local rules and guidance on labour, environment, health and safety, among others, and would continue their efforts in this regard.
“The Chinese government was and would never be involved in any form of funding terrorism. The allegations contained in the report were totally irresponsible and unethical, and the intention of the report is seriously questioned.”
China added that the bilateral collaboration between China and Nigeria had improved the two nations’ relations and economic well-being.
“We will continue to work with the Nigerian government to promote development and address security issues.
“We welcome international partners to join our efforts in good faith, but would reject any intention or action that would smear our cooperation.”