– President Buhari has promised Nigeria’s readiness to support South Sudan to achieve political and economic stability
– The president made this promise while receiving South Sudan’s special envoy at the presidential villa
– He, however, noted that Nigeria also has its numerous challenges
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, October 2, admitted that it had not been smooth-sailing for Nigeria all the way.
The president, however, said Nigeria was prepared to help South Sudan to stabilise politically and economically.
According to a statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, the president spoke while receiving a special envoy of the South Sudanese President, Ezekiel Gatkuoth, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Buhari noted that the two countries had a lot in common in the area of developmental aspirations.
He said: “It has not been smooth-sailing for us all the way, too.
“But since South Sudan wants to share from our experience, we will support where we can and pray hard for your stability.”
The president advised the leaders of South Sudan to keep making sacrifices “till the environment is completely stabilised.”
He stressed that stability should always be number one priority.
“You can’t manage a country efficiently till you have first stabilised it. Then, the economy must follow.
“You must provide jobs for the people, particularly the youths.
“Also, you need to check corruption. Guide your national resources jealously. We will do our best to support,” the president said.
Gatkuoth, who is also his country’s petroleum minister, said Buhari was widely admired across the continent for his role in fighting corruption.
He noted that it was the reason the African Union made him a champion of the anti-corruption crusade in Africa.
He said South Sudan was putting its house in order but needed assistance from Nigeria in the areas of security transformation, constitutional reforms, and infrastructural development.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that President Buhari appealed to accountants and auditors in the country to assist in fighting corruption.
The president made the appeal on Tuesday, October 2 in Abuja at the 48th Annual Accountants’ Conference of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Buhari was represented by the minister of budget and national planning; Senator Udoma Udo Udoma.
The president also urged ICAN members to deliberate on how they could contribute to support government efforts to reduce corruption and restore the economy.
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