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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Buhari In Guinea - Bissau, Celebrates Country's National Day With Embaló

•Buhari & Embaló

From Heritage Odih (Nigeria)
Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday joined his counterpart, President Umaro Sissoco Embaló of Guinea - Bissau to celebrate the country's National Day of the Republic of Guinea Bissau.

 Buhari promised that Nigeria will support Guinea-Bissau in any way possible, saying “a peaceful and prosperous Guinea-Bissau is a win for West Africa and for Africa.”

The President Buhari also used the occasion to inaugurate a road named in his honour by the Guinea Bissau  government .

The Nigerian leader and other invited Heads of State equally attended an official lunch hosted by President Umaro Sissoco Embaló of Guinea Bissau.

Earlier in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, President Buhari joined other Heads of State and Government of Senegal, Mauritania, and Burkina Faso to celebrate the country’s 47th independence anniversary.

“I feel delighted because this is my first official visit to Guinea Bissau since my assumption of office in 2015 and because I am here to join you, brotherly people of Guinea Bissau, as you celebrate this great day with renewed hope and aspiration.

“I am truly grateful for the warm reception accorded me and my delegation, since our arrival in this city.

“As you mark your freedom as a nation “free forever’, let me seize this opportunity to salute all Bissau Guineans both at home as well as in the Diaspora, for the strides you have made as a country.  Permit me to say Parabens!  Congratulations!” Buhari was quoted as saying.

The President said he was proud of the support Nigeria provided to the West African country in the previous elections, adding that helped to entrench democracy.

According to him, Nigeria’s deployment of troops under the ECOWAS Mission in Guinea Bissau played an important role in maintaining peace and security.

While congratulating President Umaro Sissocco Embalo, the government and people of Guinea Bissau on the country’s independence anniversary, Buhari prayed for continued growth and prosperity.

He also expressed good wishes for greater achievements in the years ahead for the West African country.

He recalled that when Guinea Bissau declared its independence from Portugal on September 10, 1974, it brought the Portuguese colonization to an end after a protracted struggle for freedom.

“It is fitting on this august occasion to remember your forebears and to celebrate them for the sacrifices they made for you to be free.

“The highest tribute we can pay them is to build on the gains of independence.  It is my sincere prayer that your country will continue on the path of national cohesion, growth and unity,” he said.

Buhari thanked President Embalo for being a good host to Nigerians resident in the country, saying “colonial boundaries will never break the bond of kinship that binds us.

“Nigeria and Guinea Bissau established diplomatic relations in 1974 .

“Following a military coup in that country , Nigeria in 2012 deployed troops under the auspices of ECOWAS Mission in Guinea Bissau to maintain peace .

“President Buhari had in response to a request for assistance by the Government of Guinea Bissau , during its last legislative elections , donated $ 500 ,000 , 17 vehicles and 350 electoral kits to support the country ’s electoral process .

“In May this year, the President received President Embalo in Abuja , during which the Nigerian leader congratulated his counterpart on his confirmation as President.

“The Nigerian troops were only withdrawn on September 10 , 2020 after the return of stability to the West African country,” he concluded.

President was  accompanied by top government officials including the Minister of Foreign Affairs , Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Defence , Major - General Bashir Magashi ( retd .); National Security Adviser , Major - General Babagana Monguno ( retd . ); and the Director - General, National Intelligence Agency.


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