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Ghadaffi apologises to Nigeria over comments

*As Jonathan warns African leaders

By Daniel Idonor

ABUJA—APPARENTLY remorseful over his misguided comments on Nigeria, Libyan dictator, Colonel Mamman Ghadaffi yesterday began an apologetic moves aimed at healing wounds inflicted on Nigeria, following the diplomatic row that resulted from his call for the splitting of Nigeria along religious lines.

This is coming on the heels of the Acting President, Goodluck Jonathan’s warning that African leaders should exercise restraint while making statements that affect the psychology of the people and governments of other countries of the continent, insisting that leaders must be very diplomatic in their comments and utterances.

Ghadaffi’s move was announced at a meeting between Jonathan and the Liberian President, Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson who led a high power delegation of the Libyan government headed by that country’s special envoy and the Secretary General of World Islamic Call Society based in Tripoli, Muhammed A. Sherif.

Another member of the Libyan peace mission to Nigeria is Mr. Rafa Al-Madani, the Executive Secretary Forum for Arab-African, a Non Governmental Organisation, NGO, also based in Tripoli and three embassy staff in Nigeria.

Briefing newsmen at the end of the diplomatic talks, the Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Mr Ima Niboro, said the move “is actually an initiative on her (Liberian president) part to broker rapprochement between Nigeria and Libya.”


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