WorldStage Newsonline– Nigeria has pledged to continue its support for Sierra Leone, the latest transition from one civilian president to another signals hope for the West African country.
Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo in his remarks during a media chat with journalists after the inauguration of President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Saturday, May 12, 2018, he said, “it is a great celebration of democracy, the transition has been a peaceful one from one civilian president to another.”
On the significance of the inauguration, he said, “it signals hope for the people of Sierra Leone. President Maada Bio is a consummate technocrat. He was the one, if you remember, who handed power to a democratic government as a military leader. He has also proven over time to be someone who has thought over the problems of the country, and listening to him today and having met with him for close to an hour, I think there is great opportunity and hope for the people of Sierra Leone and I think that he is going to do a great job.”
On President Maada Bio’s promise to work with other African leaders, he said, “One thing is for certain, Sierra Leone and Nigeria have a long history. Most recently, if you recall, Nigerian troops gave their lives here in Sierra Leone defending the territorial integrity of Sierra Leone, the people and the country. President Bio repeated this in my conversation with him, and said how grateful he was. We have maintained a very good relationship, I believe that relationship will continue, he is keen to ensure it continues and we are able to move it into the economic sphere. Very many private sector investors are interested in coming to Sierra Leone. The Nigerian government has a good economic relationship with Sierra Leone. So I think the future is bright for both countries, and the future cooperation is particularly good.”
He said President Muhammadu Buhari sent congratulations message to the people and new President of Sierra Leone and was very excited about the developments in the country.
“He asked me to convey his very best wishes to the new President and government and also to pledge our continued cooperation and collaboration with the government and people of Sierra Leone,” he said.
On the issues surrounding the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, he said, “In politics, as you know, there will always be tensions. But the party is strong and the leadership and membership of the party are committed to ensuring that the party remains strong and continues to offer the hope and promise it has always offered and given to the people.
“I think a lot of the issues will be resolved as we go along. This is the normal order of things; there will be some disagreements, there will be those who may feel that they need certain preferences or certain things which may not have been done earlier on. I don’t think there is any major problem.”