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Buhari pledges support to South Sudan peace process

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has assured of Nigeria’s commitment to ensure that South Sudan regains stability.

Receiving the Letter of Credence of the Ambassador of the Republic of South Sudan, Mr. Paul Malong Akaro, at the State House, Abuja on Monday, he called for stronger commitment to the implementation of the peace process in the country while assuring that the Federal Government will remain steadfast in following up on the issue.

Buhari said delay in implementing the peace accord had affected the development of the country in spite of the lofty potentials for growth.

He 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 told the ambassador that the peace process would be most effective when accepted and implemented by leaders from within the country, without external interventions.

In his remarks, Mr. Akaro said the government of national unity in South Sudan was still committed to the peace process in the country.

‘‘We know that the only way we can achieve stability and development is to implement the peace process. We are grateful for your support,’’ he said.

The President, who also received the Letter of Credence of the Ambassador of Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, Mr. Malainine Sadik-Bachir, said 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,’’ he said.