President Buhari on Friday (Today) receives the Ecowas commission and chairperson of the African Union commission at the state house as he preaches accountability and neighborliness
In a statement by his media Adviser, Femi Adeshina; said President Buhari emphasize on the need for Accountability and good- neighborliness in both the sub-region and on the entire African continent.
Receiving president Marcel de Souza, Buhari said it was gladdening that the organization was demanding accountability from its headquarters staff, which made it recently invites the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Efcc) to look into his books.
‘’ Thanks for being firm, and for insisting on transparency and accountability at the headquarters. Adding that Nigeria would continue to fulfill its obligations to the sub-regional body’’
‘’As Nigeria host the 52nd Ordinary session of the Ecowas Authority of Head of state and Government tomorrow in Abuja, the President said he expects a formal report on the situation in Guinea Bissau at the meeting; He added; ‘’we need our troops back home, and I hope the president of that country will accept a constitutional way to resolve the situation there’’
In response, the Ecowas commission boss thanked Nigeria for agreeing to host the 52nd ordinary session at short, adding that the impact of Nigeria
Was quite strong in the organization
"We are under financial pressure due to terrorist attacks in the sub-region, but Nigeria being out of recession will have an impact on the entire region," de Souza said.
He noted that Nigeria was the highest contributor of troops to Guinea Bissau, but admitted that "the troops can't be there endlessly."
At the meeting with His Excellency Moussa Faki Mahamat of the African Union Commission, President Buhari said good neighborliness and relationship were important for security and economic development.
"That was why I visited all our neighbors. Such relationship is crucial for security, and economic development, so that our youths can get jobs," the President noted.
On the situation in Libya, President Buhari reiterated that not every Black man was a Nigerian, and it was, therefore, important to authenticate the origin of the people in distress, before they were evacuated.
"We are trying to bring as many as possible from Libya. But not every Black man is a Nigerian. Others claim to be Nigerian when they are not, and because they have destroyed their travel papers, we can't claim them, except there is proper documentation," the President said.
On recharging of the Lake Chad, which he has been in the vanguard of across the world, the President submitted: "The earlier we get it done, the better, so that our youths don't continue to dare the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea."
The AU Commission boss congratulated President Buhari for what he was doing for Nigeria, and for Africa. His words:
"Without President Buhari, and without Nigeria, many things would not have been possible. I appreciate the role you played in my election and all that you do in ECOWAS, Lake Chad Basin Commission, and the entire continent.
"We follow your battle against corruption, and it is not by chance that you have been chosen by other African leaders to champion the battle in 2018.
"Your commitment is notable, and I seek your support for reforms that we intend to introduce in AU. Your guidance is vital. We need Africa to speak with one voice, and the voice of Nigeria is preponderant."