President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday pledged that Nigeria will continue to work in close collaboration with the African Union and the international community for the achievement of reconciliation and lasting peace in South Sudan. The President states this when he received the United Nations’ High Representative for South Sudan, Alfa Oumar Konare, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday.
President Buhari urged the government of South Sudan and other political factions in the country to start implementing the various peace agreements reached under the auspices of the United Nations, the African Union and the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development in Eastern Africa (IGAD)
The President also stressed that compliance with the agreements by all parties to the dispute in South Sudan was an essential first step towards returning the country to the path of peace, stability and development. The United Nations Representative had told President Buhari that violence had regrettably continued in South Sudan in spite of several peace agreements.
Mr. Konare expressed concern that the continuing political dispute in South Sudan could deteriorate further if left unresolved, and worsen the humanitarian crisis in the country with negative consequences for neighbouring countries.
“What we have before us is a very complicated situation and I am concerned that unless the parties start implementing the various agreements for peace, the crisis will deepen,’’ he told President Buhari.
President Buhari later received the Coordinator of Nigeria’s Honorary International Investors Council, Baroness Lynda Chalker. The President assured her that his administration will welcome useful suggestions from local and international entrepreneurs on ways of accelerating the pace of economic development in Nigeria.
This is just as Presidency yesterday denied that President Buhari indicted the government of the United States for allegedly assisting the Boko Haram terrorist group, through the Leahy Law.
The President in a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and publicity, Femi Adesina, said media reports of his remarks in the United Stated are an “unfortunate misinterpretation and distortion of his remarks at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) during his highly successful official visit to Washington DC”
“Indeed, President Buhari made it abundantly clear in those remarks, copies of which were circulated to the media, that he was convinced that the United States could never support groups such as Boko Haram.”
-Tony Ailemen, Abuja