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Nigeria, neighbours collaborate on security in Gulf of Guinea

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Malabo, said leaders of neighbouring countries would work together and provide all necessary assistance to secure the Gulf of Guinea.

The President’s spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, said in a statement that Buhari gave the assurance at a bilateral meeting with President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, on the sideline  of the 2019 Gas Summit.

Buhari expressed concern over the rate of piracy, kidnapping and smuggling in the Gulf of Guinea and called for more concerted efforts to end the tide of illegality.

“Our neighbourhood is very strong. Our Navy is doing a good job. We are going to give them equipment and make them more competent. We share the oil fields and so much in common.

“We will secure the Gulf absolutely,”  the president  said.

In agreement with Nguema, who hosted the summit, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea will provide joint patrols, the president  added.

He said that it would be “more cost effective when we work together. We have to jointly protect ourselves.”

The Nigerian leader also held another meeting with the Secretary General of Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, Sanusi Barkindo, where he was briefed on an important upcoming meeting of the organization in December.

Barkindo said the OPEC meeting would decide on the sharing output production quotas as the current agreement binding the members will run out in March 2020.

The president promised  that he would secure the best possible deal for the country at the meeting.

Nigeria, South Africa agree on trade deals and mend relations

South Africa and Nigeria signed 30 trade and cooperation agreements on Thursday, weeks after a wave of violence against Nigerian nationals in Johannesburg and Pretoria had strained relations between Africa’s top two economies.

In September, mobs armed with makeshift weapons attacked businesses and homes owned by foreigners, leading to at least 10 deaths, dozens of injuries and up to 400 arrests.

In response Nigeria repatriated around 600 of its citizens living in South Africa.

Presidents Cyril Ramaphosa and Muhammadu Buhari, at the conclusion of a two-day visit by the Nigerian leader, said they regretted the violence and subsequent retaliation in Nigeria against South African businesses, pledging instead to deepen trade ties.

The local units of South African telecoms company MTN and supermarket chain Shoprite closed all stores and service centres in Nigeria after their premises were attacked by Nigerians protesting against attacks on their compatriots in South Africa.

“As the government of South Africa, we have expressed our deep regret at the attacks directed at foreign nationals and our condemnation of all forms of intolerance and acts of violence,” Ramaphosa told journalists.

Ramaphosa said the two countries had sealed 32 bilateral agreements and memoranda of understanding covering trade and industry, science and technology, defence, agriculture and energy.

Nigeria accounts for 64 percent of South Africa’s total trade with the West African Region and is one of its largest trading partners on the continent.

Buhari said beyond the economic partnership the anti-foreigner violence had to be addressed quickly.

“We decided to take concrete measures to prevent the recurrence of such unacceptable incidents in the future,” Buhari said.

Reuters.

PRESIDENT BUHARI APPOINTS BABAFEMI OJUDU

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The president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammodu Buhari has just appointed Senator Babafemi Ojudu as Special Adviser on Political Matters,  Office of the Vice President.

Senator Babafemi Ojudu who was the Vice chairman of the Senate committee on Defence at the 7th National