President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to political leaders in Guinea Bissau to embrace unity and avoid any act that could plunge the nation into further crisis.
Speaking while receiving Modibo Toure, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Guinea Bissau at the State House on Monday, President Buhari decried the lingering political crisis in the West African country.
“They must accept responsibility for leadership to stabilize their own country”, the President warned, adding that the country’s political leaders, not outsiders that can effectively resolve the political crisis in the country.
According to a statement by Presidential media aide, Garba Shehu, President Buhari told the visiting envoy that Nigeria would welcome increased support from ECOWAS and the United Nations to stabilize the country and prevent breakdown of law and order.
President Buhari said Nigeria had a responsibility to the region and the rest of Africa and assured that “we will not shirk on our responsibility, in spite of the hardship confronting us”.
The UN representative, Modibbo Toure, had requested Nigeria to use its clout in the regional bloc, ECOWAS, to break the deadlock in the country.
He warned that Guinea Bissau faced a very grim future if the country continues without a functioning government.