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Buhari Pledges Support For South-Sudan



President Muhammadu Buhari has promised that Nigeria would continue to grant it’s support in stabilizing the political and economic development of South Sudan.

This he said when he received Mr Ezekiel Gatkuoth, Special Envoy of the South Sudanese President in Abuja today.

Buhari said both Nigeria and South Sudan share a lot in 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 stabilized,” stressing that stability should always be number one priority.

“You can’t manage a country efficiently till you have first stabilized it. Then, the economy must follow.

”You must provide jobs for the people, particularly the youth. Also, you need to check corruption. Guide your national resources jealously. We will do our best to support,” the President said.

Gatkuoth had earlier informed Buhari that South Sudan was putting its house in order, but needed assistance from Nigeria in the areas of security transformation, constitutional reforms, and infrastructural development.

The envoy, 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.

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