Nigerian President Muhammadu has assured the President of South Sudan Mr Ezekiel Gatkuoth of Nigeria’s help to stabilize the country.
President Buhari made this pledge during a visit by South Sudanese President on Tuesday 2nd October 2018.
In the statement from Aso Rock;
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…have a lot in common in the area of developmental aspirations, adding: “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 youths. Also, you need to check corruption. Guide your national resources jealously. We will do our best to support.”
Mr Gatkuoth, who is also his country’s Petroleum Minister, said President Buhari was widely admired across the continent for his role in fighting corruption, noting 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.