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Nigeria To Assist Burkina Faso Conduct Peaceful Election

President Muhammadu Buhari, Pledges That The Country Will Work With Other ECOWAS Member-Nations And The International Community To Assist Burkina Faso In The Conduct Of Elections.

Tony Ailemen,Abuja

Buoyed by Nigeria’s growing image over the successful conduct of the 2015 general election, President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday pledged that the country will work with other ECOWAS member-nations and the international community to assist Burkina Faso in the conduct of free, credible and peaceful elections.

A statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said the President gave the assurance at an audience with Mr Rene Bagoro, Burkina Faso’s Minister of Housing and Urban Development. President Buhari also assured that Nigeria will do all that it can to help in the achievement of successful elections in Burkina Faso on October 15.

“I am aware that ECOWAS is providing logistics support and some form of electoral assistance to Burkina Faso. Nigeria will provide its own support as soon as possible,’’ President Buhari assured Mr. Bagoro, who was in Abuja as a Special Envoy of the transitional President of Burkina Faso, Mr. Michel Kafando. President Buhari had earlier received the Niger Republic’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms Aichatou Kane who delivered a special message from President Mahamadou Issoufou.

The message from the Nigerien leader and President Buhari’s discussion with the Foreign Minister were said to have focused on ongoing efforts to strengthen the Multinational Joint Task Force established to combat Boko Haram. The President also yesterday said his administration will take all necessary actions to significantly improve the operating environment for domestic and international companies in Nigeria as part of its efforts to boost employment in the country.

Speaking at an audience with the new Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Sadanobu Kusaoke, President Buhari said that the Federal Government, under his leadership, will welcome greater investment inflows from Japan and other developed nations in support of its plans to revitalize the Nigerian economy and create more jobs. He told Mr. Kusaoke that his administration will particularly welcome more trade and economic cooperation with Japan in the manufacturing, technology and agricultural sectors.

“I was very impressed with the role your Prime Minister played at our talks with G-7 leaders in Germany. He had a deep understanding of the challenge in the North-East of Nigeria and how it is affecting our economy. “We look forward to a stronger partnership with your country in many areas, especially in technology, which is now the major driver of job creation across the world today,’’ President Buhari told the new Japanese ambassador who was at the Presidential Villa to present his letters of credence.

The President also received the letters of credence of the new Ambassador of Ukraine, Dr. Valerii Aleksandruk and the new High Commissioner of Pakistan, Lt.- Gen. Agha Muhammed Umer Farooq. All the new envoys assured President Buhari that they will work very hard to maintain and strengthen existing relations between Nigeria and their respective countries during their tenure in Abuja.

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