PRESIDENT BUHARI URGES DIALOGUE IN RESOLVING POLITICAL CRISIS IN BURUNDI

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday urged the
people and government of Burundi to explore
dialogue in resolving the current political
differences in the country. Receiving the former Burundian President, Mr.
Pierre Buyoya, at the State House, President Buhari
said Nigeria would continue to support peace
processes in the continent through the African
Union (AU), which had already intervened in
Burundi. The President said since President Pierre
Nkurunziza rejected the proposal of a ‘‘stabilizing
force from the AU, we can’t impose it on him, but
we will continue to opt for dialogue.’’
‘‘Nigeria has been playing a key role in the
continent through the AU. We participated fully in ensuring a truce in Mali, and we want citizens to
enjoy the impact of the truce, although the
terrorists are not helping matters.
‘‘Nigeria is always committed to regional and
continental peace, and we will continue to do our
best’’ he said. The President told the former President of Burundi,
who is the High Representative of the AU Mission to
Mali and the Sahel, that he remained hopeful that
there would be an amicable solution to the
situation in Burundi.
In his remarks, the former President commended Nigeria for the role it played in restoring peace to
Mali, adding that the AU was working to promote
security in the Sahel, particularly through fighting
trans-border terrorism.
He also urged Nigeria to use its clout to work for
peace in Burundi, warning that the “country is gradually inching towards a civil war.”

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