The Nigerian government has pledged its commitment to enthroning peace and finding solution to the crisis in South Sudan.
The Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama stated this in Abuja when the South Sudan Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Deng Kuoi, visited him in Abuja, the Nigerian Capital.
Mr. Onyeama said President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was involved in addressing the internal crisis in South Sudan.
“President Muhammadu Buhari is fully engaged with regards to the security challenges in South Sudan, helping to bring peace, maintain peace and sustain peace in South Sudan, Mr. Onyeama reiterated.”
“Mr. President is fully committed to do whatever Nigeria can to enthrone peace in South Sudan.”
He commended the steps taken by the South Sudan President Salva Kiir to reunify the country by initiating the National Peace Dialogue.
“We are so happy with the progress they are making towards unifying their country and they have really taken positive steps to move forward,
“I was extremely happy about the step taken to stabilise South Sudan by President Salva Kiir when he launched the National Dialogue for peace,” Onyeama stated.
Mr. Onyeama said the two countries will promote greater cooperation between them which will lead to signing of cooperation agreements.
“Part of peace building also involves economics, as we push forward to promote greater cooperation between our two countries and hopefully lead to signing of an agreement, cooperation agreement, they have talked about us cooperating with them, apart from the security military field, but with regards to health matters, education in particular, and they would like to see more Nigeria investments in South Sudan.
Mr. Onyeama said Nigeria will also assist South Sudan in the prospecting of oil, as the young country is an oil producing country.
On his part, the South Sudan Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Deng Kuoi, said he was in Nigeria to solicit Nigeria’s support the resolution of the crisis in his country.
Mr. Kuoi said his country is also seeking Nigeria’s support in health, education and the oil sectors.
“We came to discuss bilateral issues, issues of cooperation in different areas, where Nigeria can help us, we need Nigeria expertise, and we need Nigeria oil companies to invest in South Sudan” according to Mr Kuoi explained.
“The issue of peace, we have an internal war, and we want Nigeria to help us, we want Nigeria to play a major role in bringing all the parties together and implement the peace agreement we signed last year in August.”
Mr. Kuoi said he is optimistic that Nigeria has the capacity to resolve the crisis as Nigeria in 1991 and 1992 had resolved crisis in the past involving Sudan before South Sudan gained independence.