Nigeria pledges support for South Sudan
The government of Nigeria has expressed its intention to help South Sudan achieve lasting peace and sustainable socio-economic development.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said Abuja was ready to cooperate with Juba on developmental matters when the need arises.
According to Nigeria’s national newspaper The Vanguard, Mr. Femi Adesina, who is Buhari’s spokesman said the President made the pledge at a bilateral meeting with President Salva Kiir on Tuesday in Addis Ababa.
“Nigeria will contribute its quota as much as possible to the development of South Sudan. Take us into confidence and ask us what we can do,’’ Buhari told the South Sudanese leader.
President Kiir commended the Nigerian leader and regional bloc ECOWAS for maintaining stability and economic ensuring development.
Kiir urged other regional blocs like IGAD in East Africa to emulate West Africa’s regional body.
‘‘In West Africa, ECOWAS intervenes immediately whenever a country has a problem. That should be adopted in East and Central Africa,’’ he said.
Kiir and Buhari were among many African leaders that were present at the inauguration ceremony of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali, who was sworn in a second five-year term on Monday.