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Guinea Bissau’s President seeks Buhari’s help over election postponement

Guinea Bissau President, Jose Mario Vaz after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, proclaimed confidence Thursday in his country’s prospects in the forthcoming elections, while disclosing he had come seeking advice.

Addressing State House Correspondents through an interpreter, Vaz said that he came to brief and seek advice from President Buhari on the postponement of election in his country earlier scheduled for November 18th.

The Guinea Bissau President said he also briefed President Buhari on the ongoing voters registration exercise in Guinea Bissau, describing the meeting as  fruitful.


According to him, “I came to see President Muhammadu Buhari in his capacity as the President of Nigeria and also in his capacity as the current Chair of ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States). I came to see him as my elder brother to seek his advice and experience because as you know we in Africa respect the elders.

“I had the opportunity to brief him about the situation in Guinea Bissau, the voter registration process going on in Guinea Bissau. As you are aware the international community will be aware Guinea Bissau was to hold election on 18th of November, but we have come to the conclusion that it will not be possible, that is the reason why I came to see my elder brother so that I can seek his advice and brief him about the situation.

“I am going back home very much encouraged because I was given very important advise. Nigeria has been a great supporter of the process in Guinea Bissau in the voter registration process going on. I can tell you that I took the engagement before the President and all the advice I got from him will be applied fully.

“That is why I am very happy about our discussions for his warn welcome and this comes as no surprise because this is a reception from an elder brother to his younger brother.”

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