President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said most of the crude oil stolen from Nigeria passes through the Gulf of Guinea.
The president said as part of his administration’s determination to curb the trend, the country would team up with other countries to strengthen maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.
A statement issued by special adviser to the President on media and publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said Buhari made the revelation while receiving the executive secretary of the Gulf of Guinea Commission, Ambassador Florentina Adenike Ukonga, at the Presidential Villa.
“That region, between Senegal and Angola, affects our financial and physical security as a country. Nigeria will, therefore, meet all its obligations to the Gulf of Guinea Commission, and also encourage other member countries to do the same,” the statement quoted the President as saying.
“This administration will do its best to strengthen maritime security. The rejuvenation of the Gulf of Guinea Commission is vital, and Nigeria will participate more effectively because of the security implications,” the president added.
Ukonga disclosed that the commission was established in 2001 to tackle piracy, unregulated fishing, drugs and human trafficking and environmental pollution, among others.
The Gulf of Guinea Commission, with headquarters in Luanda, Angola, also generates awareness among member states on the need to maintain security in their territorial waters, he said.
He added: “We have been giving the bad guys in maritime a run for their money.”
The commission has eight countries as members from West and Central Africa, but with intention to admit more countries soon.