President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, December 5, 2015 hailed former President Olusegun Obasanjo for his help in mediating the political crisis in Guinea Bissau, saying he has a strong commitment to Nigeria and Africa.
According to a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, President Buhari, who spoke during an audience he granted to the President of Guinea Bissau, Jose Mario Bavz, at the sidelines of the Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Johannesburg, South Africa said: “I sent President Olusegun Obasanjo because he is the only person living or dead that has ruled Nigeria for 11 years. I served under him as a military Head of State. He has a strong commitment to Nigeria and Africa. That was why I looked for him and asked him to collaborate with President Macky Sall of Senegal to stabilise the situation of Guinea Bissau.”
Speaking further, President Buhari told his President Bavz that the “least Nigeria could do is what we did to stabilise your country. You can count on our support at all times.”
In his response, President Bavs was quoted as saying: “I am not in a position to assist you but I pray for you every day. I want to take you as my big brother and share from your experience.“