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China: No nation can intimidate Nigeria – Fani-Kayode

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has reacted to China taking over Nigeria’s sovereignty if Federal Government fail to pay back their loans, adding that no nation, no matter how big or powerful, can intimidate Nigeria.

Fani-Kayode disclosed this on his official social platform on Friday while saying Nigerians may not be perfect and may have many problems as a people but never forget, Nigeria is still a nation of 200 million citizens who are bold, resilient, strong-willed and irrepressible. According to him, “People say China will take over Nigeria’s sovereignty if we fail to pay back their loans. China has denied this but even if they wanted to do so it can never happen. Seizing assets for non-repayment of loans is one thing but taking over a nation’s sovereignty is quite another.

“You cannot take over another country’s sovereignty without a war.They would have to kill us all first before they can take over our nations sovereignty and independence. They would have to come here, conquer us by the force of arms, pull down our flag and hoist theirs over our territory”, he said. He added that Nigeria may not have their wealth, strength, technology or military fire power but “we have GOD and those of us that are decent & patriotic enough would die fighting for our nation, our dignity, our self-respect, our people and our motherland.

“No nation can take over another’s sovereignty without a fight, no lion can take over another’s territory and pride without a bitter and ferocious struggle and no man can take over another’s house or home without a bloody and cataclysmic conflict”, he said. He emphasized that Nigeria may not be perfect and may have many problems as a people but “we must never forget that we are still a nation of 200 million citizens who are bold, resilient, strong-willed and irrepressible. No nation, no matter how big or powerful, can intimidate us. We are far too big for that.

“I am not a supporter of the taking of loans from China and I have always opposed it. I have consistently called on the Buhari administration to stop taking such loans and the fact that they went ahead and did so on several occasions is disturbing and unacceptable”, he said. However, he said that does not mean Nigeria will lose her sovereignty if it fail to pay back. “No matter what Nigeria will always be free and we will NEVER lose our sovereignty to a foreign power. Let the whole world burn to cinders and ashes first”, he said.

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