President MuhammaduBuhari has pledged that he and other members of the African Union High-Level Consultative Committee on South Sudan will do their best to ensure that the peace agreement signed by the various political factions in the country is successfully implemented.
The President who spoke at an audience with South Sudan’s First Vice President, Dr RiekMacharTenyDhurgon on Thursday assured him that Nigeria and the Committee will work with all stakeholders to overcome problems hindering the implementation of the seven-month old agreement.
“The situation must not deteriorate”, the President told the First Vice President who is a signatory to the peace agreement.
The President expressed concern that compliance with the agreed ceasefire in South Sudan has not been total.
President Buhari also said that Nigeria will work in collaboration with other members of the African Union to achieve a speedy stabilisation of the situation.
The President advised leaders of South Sudan not to allow ethnicity and corruption to gain a foothold in the new country.
“Ethnicity and corruption are a lethal combination. You have to deal with them otherwise instability will continue,” President Buhari warned after receiving a briefing from Dr. RiekMachar on the current state of affairs in South Sudan.
Also Thursday in Abuja, President Buhari received a Special envoy of the African Union Chairman, President IdrisDeby-Itno.
The Special envoy, Mr AbubakarSalehChahaimi delivered a message from President Deby to President Buhari on the strengthening of bilateral relations between Nigeria and Chad, as well as the work of the African Union Consultative Committee on South Sudan.

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