The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, has called on the Government of Equatorial Guinea to checkmate cases of maltreatment of Nigerians doing legitimate businesses in that country.
He said nothing short of full brotherly protection was expected for Nigerians living in Equatorial Guinea, but reports stating otherwise are worrisome.
Dogara made the remark when Equatorial Guinea’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Job Mbengono payed him a courtesy visit in Abuja.
The speaker commended the long standing cordial relationship between the two countries, says Nigerians must be accorded full complements of protection as brothers living in that country and doing legitimate business.
The speaker said the present administration under President Muhammadu Buhari was giving priority attention to investment in the mineral sector in its diversification drive.
Dogora urged Equatorial Guinea to invest in the abundant natural resources, as Nigeria holds potentials for a huge market in the continent that can not be ignored in Africa.
The speaker assured that the National Assembly will work on outstanding memorandum of understanding and other agreements for the mutual benefit of both countries.
He also assured the delegation of cooperation between the parliaments of both countries.
The Ambassador earlier on, said he was on the visit to convey the best wishes of the speaker of his country’s parliament.
While appreciating Nigeria’s support in the security of the Gulf of Guinea, he expressed the desire of the country to continue to work with Nigeria.
He said that his country would draw from Nigeria’s experience, especially in the areas of elections.
Mbengono said that his country stands with Nigeria in the fight against terrorism and addressing the security situation in the north-eastern part of the country.
The ambassador gave assurance to the speaker that his country was willing to invest in areas of interest, and he was given specific directions to prioritized African investors and Nigeria is considered as a priority.