President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed former President Olusegun Obasanjo as special envoy to Guinea Bissau to mediate and help find a solution to the crisis brewing in that country.
Buhari on Friday expressed deep concern over the unfolding political situation in the West African nation where President Jose Mario Vaz dismissed the Prime Minister, Mr. Domingos Simoes Pereira, and his cabinet.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement on Friday, said that 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.
Adesina’s statement read: “Chief Obasanjo embarked on the first leg of his mission by consulting with the current chairman of the ECOWAS authority of heads of state and government, President Macky Sall of Senegal in Dakar yesterday.
“It is regrettable that while Chief 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, a development that has worsened the political situation in his country.
“President Buhari appeals for calm and calls 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.
“The President particularly urges the leadership in Guinea Bissau, including the military, to ensure respect for constitutional order, sanctity of life and safety of citizens, and avoid taking any further action that can threaten the fragile democratic institutions recently established in the country.”