We Will Continue To Stabilise West Africa Says Buhari

The President of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed Nigeria’s commitment to stabilising the West African sub-region within available resources.

He spoke yesterday during an audience with Mohammad Ibn Chambas, the United Nations (UN) Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, at the State House, Abuja, the nation’s capital.

President Buhari said he was pleased that the UN appreciated his administration’s focus on fighting corruption, poverty and ensuring regional stability.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President also restated his belief that peaceful relations with Nigeria’s neighbours remained imperative in confronting terrorism and insurgency.

Chambas, who represented the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, at the Democracy Day celebration, said the UN boss extended his personal admiration for President Buhari’s “integrity and quality as a statesman, especially in fighting corruption and driving public accountability”.

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The UN official also said the global body appreciated the Nigerian leader’s commitment to tackling poverty, terrorism, insurgency and recharging the Lake Chad.

Pledging UN’s continued technical support to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of the next general elections, Chambas also expressed the UN’s delight that Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, was elected the President of the 74th UN General Assembly.

He described Prof. Muhammad-Bande as “highly regarded by his peers in New York,” adding: “We will ensure his tenure is a success.”

Chambas said: “We have no doubt that he will be a pride to Nigeria and Africa.”

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Author: Ashogbon Isaiah