Buhari pledges to uphold tenet of democracy in West African countries

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President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged that Nigeria will be committed to help West African countries in securing democracy within the sub-region.

The President made this known on Thursday at State House, Abuja, while playing host to President Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso, who was on a one-day official visit to Nigeria.

According to a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, President Buhari said “We are keeping tabs on situations in countries that have elections ahead. We know the countries that are calm and the ones where there have been unfortunate casualties. We will always support those who have elections ahead so that things can go smoothly.”

President Kabore, who chairs the Economic, Trade, and Liberalization Scheme of ECOWAS, said he was in Nigeria to discuss crucial sub-regional issues with President Buhari.

He however, commended President Buhari. He said “I must also applaud your strong leadership against terrorism in the sub-region.”

On the situation in Mali, he expressed hope that the summit held in Accra, Ghana, on Tuesday, would yield positive results, stressing: “We need cohesion all over West Africa.

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