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Onyeama Heads FG’s Delegation To Guinea Bissau Ahead Of Elections

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President Muhammadu Buhari, as Chairman, ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, has sent a Special Envoy to Guinea Bissau ahead of the country’s legislative elections.

The delegation led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama and President of the ECOWAS Commission Jean-Claude Kassi Brou to hold peace talks with parties involved in the forth coming exercise.

The Onyeama- led mission met with President of Guinea Bissau José Mário Vaz and political leaders with other stakeholders.

LEADERSHIP Sunday gathered that the minister at a separate meeting with political leaders in the country, urged them to embrace peace and unity to ensure a hitch free  election.

The elections initially slated for Nov. 18, has since been shifted to December due to technical reasons.

Onyeama reaffirmed President Buhari’s assurance that Nigeria remained committed to ensuring that Guinea Bissau had successful elections.

While assuring them of Nigeria’s continued support for political stability in Guinea Bissau, he urged the leaders to work in harmony for the success of the elections.

The minister urged the political class in the State to cooperate and mobilise their members to participate in the elections.

He stressed that ECOWAS remained committed to ensuring political stability in the country  while creating room for Citizens to exercise  their rights through ballots

He advised them  not to lose confidence in the process or be manipulated by anybody into believing that ECOWAS was not as committed to the process.

“We are fully committed, President Muhammadu Buhari who is the President of ECOWAS Authority of Head of States and Governments, is absolutely determined.“


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