President Muhammadu Buhari is deeply concerned by
the unfolding political situation in Guinea Bissau
following the dismissal of the Prime Minister, Mr.
Domingos Simoes Pereira and his cabinet by President
Jose Mario Vaz.
In demonstration of true African solidarity and
brotherhood, President Buhari had sent former
President Olusegun Obasanjo as his Special Envoy to
mediate and help find a solution to the crisis brewing
in Guinea Bissau.
Chief Obasanjo embarked on the first leg of his
mission by consulting with the current Chairman of the
ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government,
President Macky Sall of Senegal in Dakar yesterday.
It is regrettable that while Chief Obasanjo was still
consulting with President Sall, President Jose Mario
Vaz of Guinea Bissau proceeded to appoint and swear-
in a new Prime Minister in the person of Mr. Baciro Dja,
a development that has worsened the political
situation in his country.
President Buhari appeals for calm and calls on the
leadership in Guinea Bissau to exercise utmost restraint
and ensure the maintenance of law and order as
efforts continue to resolve the current crisis.
The President particularly urges the leadership in
Guinea Bissau, including the military, to ensure respect
for constitutional order, sanctity of life and safety of
citizens, and avoid taking any further action that can
threaten the fragile democratic institutions recently
established in the country.
Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President


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