By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The Deputy Speaker of Republic of Korea National Assembly, Ju-young Lee, has called on President Moon Jae-in of the country to visit Nigeria, expressing believe that the partnership between Nigeria and Korea will be the foundation for economic development between both countries.
In a chat with journalists at the Korean Cultural Center Nigeria in Abuja, Ju-young Lee, who led a three-man delegation to Nigeria on an official visit, also enjoined President Muhammadu Buhari to visit Republic of Korea soon as a measure to strengthen their bilateral relations.
“The First Lady Aisha Buhari has visited Korea twice in the last four years. When I get back to Korea, I will suggest President Moon to visit Nigeria. I also want the Nigerian government to advise President Buhari to consider visiting Korea”, according to him.
He said that African continent is very large with potential for a huge market, even as he stressed the importance of exchange visits between President Buhari and President Moon Jae-in, which according to him, will enhance the mutual cooperation between both economies.
Lee is the head of the Korean three-man delegation whose visit to Abuja coincided with President Buhari’s second term inauguration on May 29. Also in the delegation were Jaehyun Baek and Joo Gwangdeok.
He also added that while discussing ways to strengthen bilateral relationship, the prospect of exchange visit was one of the issues which the delegation explored with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo when both met at the State House, Abuja.
Speaking further, Mr. Lee recalled that when Buhari and the immediate past Korean President, Park Geun-hye, met at the UN General Assembly in New York in September 2015, Park emphasized the importance of Nigeria sharing experience with Korea on economic development.
“Increased investment will be a win-win situation for both countries,” Lee, who is also the Chairman of the Association of Korean Nigerian Parliamentary Association, added.
While pointing out that culture is one of the aspects through which the ties between Nigeria and Korea Republic will be promote, the lawmaker said that there is a prospect of Nigerian K-Pop team being invited to Korea for the World K-Pop competition in October. The Nigerian K-Pop dance competition holds in July and the overall winner of that competition stands a chance to be invited to Korea.
He explained that his country wants to promote Korean drama on Nigerian televisions, as well as introduce the Nigerian traditional choreography and dance to the Korean public.
While commending the government of President Muhammadu Buhari for his tough disposition against corruption, Mr. Lee said Nigeria must solve its corruption problem by itself, cautioning that corruption remains a huge impediment to both social growth and economic development especially in developing countries.
“I hope the corruption problem in Nigeria will be solved by the people of Nigeria by themselves and I have introduced the Korean experience of getting rid of corruption and I hope Nigeria will soon arrive at that place where corruption is no longer a major issue. We parliamentarians should try to tackle corruption through cooperation and exchange of experiences,” he said.