By Nuel Suji, Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed former President Olusegun Obasanjo as his Special Envoy to Guinea Bissau as part of Nigeria’s initiative to mediate in the political crisis in the county.
Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina in a statement Friday said Obasanjo embarked on the first leg of his mission by consulting with the current Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States Authority of Heads of State and Government, President Macky Sall of Senegal in Dakar on Thursday.
“It is regrettable that while Obasanjo was still consulting with President Sall, President Jose Mario Vaz of Guinea Bissau proceeded to appoint and swear-in a new Prime Minister in the person of Mr Baciro Dja,” the statement said.
It noted that the development has worsened the political situation in that country.
Buhari appealed for calm and called on the leadership in Guinea Bissau to exercise utmost restraint and ensure the maintenance of law and order as efforts continue to resolve the current crisis.
It was not the first time that Nigeria will be intervening in the political crisis of the tiny West African country, the first being in 2005, when then President Obasanjo visited the country to compel a hand over of power by a military government which struck to the civilians.
Guinea Bissau is a country of 1.8 million people.