By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA-President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he was disappointed by the disturbing political developments in South Sudan which had lingered due to the non implementation of peace accord signed by the leaders.
The President however assured that the Federal Government of Nigeria would remain steadfast in following up to ensure that the country would regain stability.
Receiving the Letter of Credence of the Ambassador of the Republic of South Sudan, Mr. Paul Malong Akaro, at the State House, Abuja on Monday, President Buhari said delay in implementing the peace accord had affected the development of the country in spite of the lofty potentials for growth.
“I was a little disappointed with the subsequent developments in your country. I was hoping that we can move forward and develop the great potentials of your country after the peace accord.
“The African Union will continue to hold your leaders to account in implementing the peace process. And the leaders should be able to accommodate one another for the good of your people,’’ the President said.
President Buhari told the ambassador that the peace process would be most effective when accepted and implemented by leaders from within the country, without external interventions.
The President, who also received the Letter of Credence of the Ambassador of Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, Mr. Malainine Sadik-Bachir, said Nigeria would continue to support the country as it strove to realize its goals of development.
“You can be assured that Nigeria will remain steadfast in her support for Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic. We will continue to do our best for you,” he said.
In his remarks, the South Sudan ambassador, Mr. Akaro said the government of national unity in South Sudan was still committed to the peace process in the country.
“We know that the only way we can achieve stability and development is to implement the peace process. We are grateful for your support,’’ he said.