South Sudan sit­u­a­tion dis­turb­ing – Buhari

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari has de­scribed the cri­sis in South Sudan as ex­tremely dis­turb­ing.

He spoke at the Aso Rock Pres­i­den­tial Villa in Abuja yes­ter­day while re­ceiv­ing the African Union (AU) En­voy on the Peace Fund, Dr. Don­ald Kaberuka.

Buhari who ap­pealed for peace and calm in the coun­try said the African Union lead­er­ship had a cru­cial role in sta­bil­is­ing the coun­try and other African na­tions on the brink.

“What we can do ur­gently to sta­bi­lize South Sudan is very im­por­tant as African lead­ers meet in Kigali, Rwanda this month and later in Septem­ber at the UN,’’ Buhari said.

He pledged that Nige­ria would ful­fil her fi­nan­cial obli­ga­tions to the African Union (AU), par­tic­u­larly on pro­grammes and op­er­a­tions aimed at en­sur­ing durable peace, sta­bil­ity and se­cu­rity on the con­ti­nent.

Ear­lier in his re­marks, Kaberuka had said fund­ing AU-led peace sup­port op­er­a­tions, which had re­mained a chal­lenge for mem­ber­coun­tries, was fur­ther com­pounded early this year with the EU’s cut in its al­lo­ca­tion to the AU Mis­sion in So­ma­lia by 20 per­cent.

He noted that the AU sum­mit in Kigali was ex­pected to agree on a roadmap of al­ter­na­tive fi­nanc­ing for AU-led peace sup­port op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing a pro­posal for African na­tions to fund 25 per­cent of the fund’s bud­get while UN con­trib­utes the bal­ance.

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