President Muhammadu Buhari and Acting President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday on telephone, assessed local and other developments, also the situation in Gambia where Nigerian troops are playing a lead role in resolving the impasse of that country’s presidential election.
In a statement by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Vice President, Laolu Akande, said both the President, who is on leave and the Vice President, in Abuja, also discussed other relevants national issues.
Meanwhile, Osinbajo has said Nigeria is for a stronger and more robust African Union for the benefit of the continent and its people.
He said this when he received a Special Envoy from President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti, at the Presidential Villa, yesterday
According to him, “it is important for Africa to always put the best foot forward and we will continue to work together with the President of Djibouti to make AU stronger and more robust.”
The Special Envoy, Ali Farah Assoweh brought a message addressed to the Nigerian President, regarding Djibouti’s interest in one of the positions up for contest in the AU elections scheduled for later this month, seeking Nigeria’s support.
The Djibouti’s Presidential Special Envoy, who is also the country’s Justice Minister, stated that his country requested Nigeria’s support for its candidate for Deputy Chairman of the African Union Commission, and expressed gratitude to the Nigerian government for the hospitality he and his delegation has enjoyed since his arrival in the country.
Responding, Osinbajo noted that Nigeria and Djibouti have enjoyed “very good diplomatic relationship over the years,” and also expressed appreciation to the President of Djibouti for the country’s support of Nigeria in various international platforms.
He assured that the Federal Government would consider the candidate, observing that the position is one that has to be occupied by the right person.