President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has commended Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for leading efforts to broker peace in Togo following the recent political upheavals in that country.
He, therefore, entreated the opposition parties in Togo to resolve their differences, so that the country would move forward towards achieving its development objectives.
“I want to commend Ghana for its untiring efforts in brokering peace in Togo by bringing all the warring parties to the negotiating table;” he said.
President Buhari, who is the Special Guest of Honour at the 61st Independence Anniversary celebration, made the commendation at the colourful parade of school children and security agencies on Tuesday.
He urged Ghana and Nigeria to continue to provide the impetus in realising the objectives and ideals of the founding fathers of ECOWAS, to ensure security, peace and development in the sub-region.
He said the leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) should ensure that peoples in the sub-region live peacefully in each other’s country without any inhibitions.
President Buhari expressed optimism that the rejuvenated Permanent Joint Commission for Co-operation would provide a good platform in resolving existing differences in the sub-region.
“The patriotism of the leaders has helped uniquely in shaping the relationship not only in the West Africa, but in the collaborative action internationally, “he noted.
President Buhari used the occasion to congratulate Ghanaians and the Government for chalking 61 years of nationhood.
This year’s event was held under the theme: “Ghana Beyond Aid”, and it attracted high profile personalities, including the Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Ocquaye, the Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo, Ministers of States, the diplomatic community, the Clergy and Members of Parliament.
Former Presidents, including Flt Jerry John Rawlings, John Agyekum Kufuor and former Vice President Kwesi Amissah Arthur were also present.