By Lawrence Olaoye
President of Equatorial Guinea, Theodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, yesterday visited President Muhammadu Buhari and commended him for his handling of the Boko Haram insurgency in the country.
Addressing State House Correspondents at the end of the closed doors meeting,Mbasogo said he came to wish the President well after having recovered from his sickness.
According to him, the Boko Haram insurgency caused a great havoc which had spread to some other West African countries including Chad and Cameroon.
He observed that through Buhari’s committed fight against Boko Haram, the insurgent group was almost eliminated but for pockets of attacks still being carried out by the insurgents.
“One of the salient issues in the meeting was that l congratulated our dear brother for the great fight against Boko Haram. We realised that Boko Haram had caused a great havoc that had been carried all over the sub-region including Chad and Cameroon. He is doing a great job. He’s almost eradicating the menace of Boko Haram apart from pockets of attacks here and there,” he said.
Mbasogo, who spoke in Spanish, aided by an interpreter, said the meeting also discussed security concerns in the neighbouring West African countries, added that he and Buhari observed the need to work together with a view to securing a common ground for development and cooperation to achieve desired goals.
The president who also narrated how his country had been a victim of varying security crises orchestrated by some terrorists from Chad and Sudan in collaboration with a group of deviants from France, disclosed that his decision to promptly reach out to Cameroon helped to put the situation under control.
Narrating how the country became a victim of the first coup d’etat in 2004, Mbasogo said through the cooperation of neighbouring countries, the coup plotters were apprehended and imprisoned for several years until the government opted to pardon and free them.
Answering questions from journalists on the plan of West African leaders on the crisis which broke out in Southern Cameroon and resulted in the influx of refugees into Nigeria, Mbasogo said there is no country without its own peculiar crisis.
According to him, it only behoves on parties concerned to put heads together and embrace dialogue as the platform for solution to the crisis.
“Cameroon is a big nation whose crisis requires the concern of all forces. There is no nation without its own crisis. What is required is to seek solution through dialogue and use it to find a common axis. Those seeking refuge in other lands need to sit down together and find solution through dialogue. It is only through that, they can find solution to the crisis,” he said.
On the challenge of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, Mbasogo who said the pirates were destroying and sabotaging Nigeria’s development effort in the area, also advocated dialogue as solution to the crisis.
“On piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, the pirates are destroying and sabotaging the property of Nigeria. The government of Nigeria cannot develop the area. What is warming therefore is to expect the government of Nigeria to bring the parties to dialogue for a solution to the crisis.
“In Equatorial Guinea, we feel concerned. We all need to put our hands on deck to ensure that there is security in all regions. We have to develop our nations and we can only do so under peace and harmony,” he added.