President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, will receive honour by the Guinea Bissau Government for supporting its electoral process, among others.
Senior Special Adviser to the President, Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this on Wednesday. He added that the President would be in the country also to mark its 47th independence.
“President Muhammadu Buhari will Thursday depart Abuja for Bissau to attend ceremonies celebrating the National Day of the Republic of Guinea Bissau, September 24.“In Bissau, President Buhari will also commission a road named in his honour by the host government,” he stated.Adesina held that the Buhari administration had played an effective role in the electoral process of the African country.
He also said that bilateral relations between Nigerian and Guinea Bissau had flourished in recent times.
“President Buhari had in response to a request for assistance by the Government of Guinea Bissau, during its last legislative elections, donated $500,000 dollars, 17 vehicles and 350 electoral kits to support the country’s electoral process.
In May this year, the President received President Embalo in Abuja, during which the Nigerian leader congratulated his counterpart on his confirmation as President, assuring him of Nigeria’s support to the new government in Guinea Bissau,” he stated.
He noted that the visit was special because the host country had survived the negative effect of a military coup.The statement further reads:“The President will join the Heads of State and Government of Senegal, Cote d’ Ivoire, Rwanda, Mauritania, Togo and Liberia to mark the 47th independence anniversary of Guinea Bissau.
The Nigerian leader and other invited Heads of State will attend an official lunch hosted by President Umaro Sissoco Embaló of Guinea Bissau.“Nigeria and Guinea Bissau established diplomatic relations in 1974.
Following a military coup in that country, Nigeria in 2012 deployed troops under the auspices of ECOWAS Mission in Guinea Bissau (ECOMIB) to maintain peace.
The Nigerian troops were only withdrawn on September 10, 2020 after the return of stability to the West African country.
The President will be accompanied by top government officials including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, the Minister of Defence, Major-General Bashir Salihi Magashi (Rtd), the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno (Rtd) and the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Rufai Abubakar,President Buhari will return to Abuja at the end of the ceremonies on Thursday.”
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