President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that Nigeria will do its best to support efforts to consolidate democracy in West African countries within the limit of its resources.
A statement by the Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, the president gave the assurance on Thursday at the State House, Abuja, while receiving President Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso, who was on a one-day official visit to Nigeria.
The president 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,” he added.
The statement noted that Kabore, who is the Chairman of the Economic and Trade Liberalisation Scheme of ECOWAS, said he was in Nigeria to discuss crucial sub-regional issues with Buhari.
The Burkinabee president listed such issues to include: convening a joint commission meeting between Nigeria and Burkina Faso, trade difficulties among Nigeria, Ghana, Republic of Benin, and Niger Republic, and the way forward.
The statement added that Kabore commended Buhari for providing “strong leadership and support” 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,” Kabore said.