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Ex-Nigerian president wraps up 3-day visit to South Sudan

 

October 22, 2021 (JUBA) – Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan wrapped up a three-day visit to South Sudan, pledging support to the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement.

Jonathan jetted into the country on Thursday, for talks with President Salva Kiir, his deputies and other senior officials in South Sudan.

No official statements were released by the South Sudanese officials, except the presidency which issued a statement on October 20, about his offer to contribute to peace implementation in South Sudan.

“Goodluck Jonathan said, he would like to play a role towards the ongoing implementation of the Revitalised Peace Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan, through the Goodluck Jonathan foundation which is committed to ensuring peace in Africa,” reads a statement issued by the presidency.

At the end of his visit, Jonathan expressed hope to contribute to the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS).

“I would like to play a role towards the ongoing implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan,” Johnathan told reporters.

He further said he would use his foundation to foster peace in South Sudan.

Nigeria is interested to bring peace and stability to South Sudan before promoting investment in various sectors, including energy.

The west Africa nation experienced coups and secession crises in the 1970s and in the 1990s when military rulers were in charge before accepting civilian rule.

President Kiir met the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari last month during the swearing-in ceremony of the Ethiopian Premier Abiy Ahmed, in Addis Ababa.

The two leaders pledged to strengthen bilateral ties and to stabilize and salvage the economic crisis.

(ST)