President Muhammadu Buhari has called for stronger commitment to the implementation of the peace process in South Sudan, regretting that delay in implementing the peace accord has affected the development of the country in spite of the lofty potentials for growth.
Buhari, who received the Letter of Credence of the Ambassador of the Republic of South Sudan, Mr. Paul Malong Akaro, at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, said: “I was a little disappointed with the subsequent developments in your country. I was hoping that we can move forward and develop the great potentials of your country after the peace accord.
“The African Union will continue to hold your leaders to account in implementing the peace process. And the leaders should be able to accommodate one another for the good of your people.”
President Buhari said that the peace process would be most effective when accepted and implemented by leaders from within the country, without external interventions.
He however, assured the Ambassador that Nigeria will remain steadfast in following up to ensure that the country regains stability.
This was even as Ambassador Akaro said that the government of national unity in South Sudan is still committed to the peace process in the country, adding: “we know that the only way we can achieve stability and development is to implement the peace process. We are grateful for your support.”
President Buhari also received the Letter of Credence of the Ambassador of Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, Mr. Malainine Sadik-Bachir, where he gave assurance that Nigeria will continue to support the country as it strives to realize its goals of development.
“You can be assured that Nigeria will remain steadfast in her support for Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic. We will continue to do our best for you.” [myad]