Nigeria reaffirms support for democracy in West Africa

President Muhammadu has assured that Nigeria will within the limits of resources do her best to support the consolidation of democracy in West African countries.

He spoke while playing host to President Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso at the presidential villa, Abuja on Thursday.

The Burkinabe leader was on a one-day official visit to Nigeria.

President Buhari said: “We are keeping tabs on situations in countries that have elections ahead. We know the countries that are calm and the ones where there have been unfortunate casualties. We will always support those who have elections ahead so that things can go smoothly.”

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A statement issued by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), informed that Burkina Faso holds legislative elections in November, this year.

President Kabore, who chairs the Economic, Trade and Liberalization Scheme of ECOWAS, said he was in Nigeria to discuss crucial sub-regional issues with President Buhari.

These include the convening of a joint commission meeting between Nigeria and Burkina Faso, reported trade difficulties among Nigeria, Ghana, Republic of Benin, and the Niger Republic, and the way forward.

President Kabore commended President Buhari for what he called “strong leadership and support” displayed by the Nigerian leader in his capacity as Chairman of COVID-19 response in West Africa.

“I must also applaud your strong leadership against terrorism in the sub-region,” the Burkinabe Leader said.

On the situation in Mali, he expressed hope that the summit held in Accra, Ghana, on Tuesday, would yield positive results, stressing: “We need cohesion all over West Africa.”

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