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Chinese journalists: Nigeria safe, peaceful

Some Chinese journalists visiting Nigeria yesterday described the country as safe and peaceful with hospitable people.

The journalists under the aegis of the All China Journalists Association are in Nigeria on the invitation of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).

One of them, Miss Zhang Lu, Editor, China Watch, told journalists in Lagos that contrary to popular perception, Nigeria is safe and peaceful.

“Previously, what I learnt about Nigeria and Africa is from the television stations and books. But this trip has helped me to know a little bit more about the people, their hospitality and culture.

“Contrary to what I read in books and newspapers, I think that Lagos and Abuja are nice cities, safer than what I thought previously,” she said.

She said she enjoyed pounded yam, adding that only the media can truly report the real situation in both Nigeria and China.

Also, the leader of the delegation, Mr. Zhang Mingxin, said the visit had opened his eyes to fresh opportunities in Nigeria, which would further strengthen the friendship between Nigeria and China.

Zhang, who is also the Vice Chief Editor, China News Service, said media professionals and information communication were important for cultural exchange between people.

“The media communication will also help economic development and the MoU we signed with the NUJ will further cement relationship between our countries in the future.

“Lagos is a beautiful prosperous state,” he said.

President of the NUJ Abdulwaheed Odusile told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the visit would strengthen bilateral relations between Nigeria and China.

That is why the NUJ is hosting their colleagues from China.

The NUJ national president led the delegation on tour of important and historic places in Lagos in company with some executive members of the Lagos State Council of the union.

Odusile also told NAN that the visit would improve economic, social and cultural relations between both countries.

He said the union represented about one million journalists in China, adding that the partnership with the Chinese journalists became necessary to tell the right story about Nigeria.

He explained that stories about Nigeria were usually told by the western media in negative ways and were not usually fair to Nigeria or Africa in their reportage.

Odusile said the visit would also help the Chinese journalists form the right impression about Nigeria.

He said a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) had been signed between the two unions in Abuja before visiting Lagos.

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