Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea yesterday in Malabo signed an agreement on the establishment of a combined Maritime Policing and Security Patrol Committee.
The conclusion and signing of the agreement is expected to enhance security in the Gulf of Guinea and help in curbing maritime crimes such as piracy, crude oil theft, sabotage of oil rigs and arms smuggling.
According to a communiqué issued at the end of President Buhari’s visit to Malabo, both countries also agreed to discuss greater cooperation on oil and gas production and a bilateral trade agreement.
It was further agreed that the Nigeria-Equatorial Guinea Joint Commission will be revived from its present state of dormancy and empowered to play its proper role in the strengthening of bilateral relations between Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea.
“President Muhammadu Buhari and President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo expressed satisfaction with the atmosphere of trust and solidarity that now exists between their countries,” a statement signed by Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu read in part
In their talks during the two-day visit, the two leaders discussed sub-regional, regional and international issues including terrorism, violent extremism and the state of the global economy, especially as it affects Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea.
According to the statement, they also discussed the crises in some African countries and efforts by the African Union to achieve peace, stability and progress across the continent.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has received Equatorial Guinea’s highest national honour, the Grand Collar of the Order of the Independence.
The President who received the award in Malabo on Monday night dedicated it to the people of Nigeria, who, he said, have worked tirelessly for peace in the country and Africa.
“I will like to express profound gratitude for the honour given to me and my people.
“There has never been a time for greater neighbourliness on our continent in the interest of peace, security and economic stability than now,” President Buhari said at the investiture ceremony.
The President said that as African countries faced common challenges, they must strive to cooperate more to find workable solutions that will facilitate rapid socio-economic development on the continent.
President Buhari pledged that under his leadership, Nigeria will continue to make significant contributions to peace, political stability and progress in Africa.
President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea said that the honour was conferred on President Buhari for his “personal integrity, exemplary leadership style and courage to fight terrorism in order to ensure peace and safety in Africa”.
“We deemed it fit and appropriate to honour this son of Africa for the great work he is doing, which includes tackling Boko Haram, a great menace to the continent,” President Mbasogo said.

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