President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed ex-Prrsident Olusegun Obasnajo as special
envoy to Guinea Bissau follwing the unfolding political situation in Guinea Bissau leading to the dismissal of the Prime Minister, Domingos Simoes Pereira and his cabinet by President Jose Mario Vaz.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina said Buhari called on 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 could threaten the fragile democratic institutions recently established in the country.
The statement said Buhari had already sent former President Olusegun Obasanjo as his Special Enoch to mediate and help find a solution to the civil brewing in that country.
Buhari said that in demonstration of true African solidarity and brotherhood, he sent former President Olusegun Obasanjo as his Special Envoy to mediate and help find a solution to the crisis brewing in Guinea Bissau.
The statement said 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.
“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.”
Buhari appealed for calm and called on the leadership in Guinea Bissau to exercise utmost restraint and ensure the maintenance of law and order as efforts continued to resolve the current crisis.