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PHOTOS: President Buhari receives special African envoy in Abuja

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President Muhammadu Buhari received a special envoy from the African Union Peace Fund team at the State house in Abuja on Monday, July 11, this is according to Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity.
According to a post on Shehu’s Facebook account, President Buhari during the meeting said Nigeria will fulfil its financial obligation to the African Union (AU), particularly on programmes and operations aimed at ensuring durable peace, stability and security on the continent.

The statement reads: “Receiving the AU Envoy on the Peace Fund, Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President Buhari said supporting peace operations, under the auspices of the AU, in several countries affected by conflict remains a foreign policy priority for his administration.

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“Despite competing priorities on security and the economic downturn in the country, the President assured the AU envoy that Nigeria will also play a central role in seeking the EU and the UN to strengthen their support for crisis-prone African countries.”

Mr Shehu also added that President Buhari used the occasion of the visit of the AU envoy to weigh-in on the situation in South Sudan and appeal for peace and calm in the country.

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“What is happening in South Sudan is extremely disturbing and it is a very dicey situation.

“The AU leadership has a crucial role in stabilizing the country and other African countries 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,” the President said.

In his response, Kaberuka said funding AU-led peace support operations, which had remained a challenge for member-countries was further compounded early this year with the EU cut in its allocation to the AU Mission in Somalia by 20 per cent.

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Kaberuka said the AU summit in Kigali is expected to agree on a road-map of alternative financing for AU-led peace support operations, including a proposal for African nations to fund 25 per cent of the Fund’s budget while UN contributes the balance.

Below are some of the photos taken at the meeting:
President Muhammadu Buhari, Former President ADB and Special Envoy African Union Peace Fund, Dr Donald Kaberuka, African Union Senior Scientific Officer Coordination, Dr Mohammed Kyari and Ms Wanjiru Nwaura at the State House in Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari, Former President ADB and Special Envoy African Union Peace Fund, Dr Donald Kaberuka, African Union Senior Scientific Officer Coordination, Dr Mohammed Kyari and Ms Wanjiru Nwaura at the State House in Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari, Former President ADB and Special Envoy African Union Peace Fund, Dr Donald Kaberuka at the State House in Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari, Former President ADB and Special Envoy African Union Peace Fund, Dr Donald Kaberuka at the State House in Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari, Former President ADB and Special Envoy African Union Peace Fund, Dr Donald Kaberuka, African Union Senior Scientific Officer Coordination, Dr Mohammed Kyari and Ms Wanjiru Nwaura at the State House in Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari, Former President ADB and Special Envoy African Union Peace Fund, Dr Donald Kaberuka, African Union Senior Scientific Officer Coordination, Dr Mohammed Kyari and Ms Wanjiru Nwaura at the State House in Abuja.

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