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09 Mar
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President Bio and President Buhari Strengthen Bilateral Ties

Presidential Villa, Abuja, Nigeria – His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio and his counterpart, President Muhammadu Buhari have strengthened the bilateral ties between the two sister countries of the Republic of Sierra Leone and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

This was done on Wednesday 30th May at the start of a two-day visit to Nigeria by His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio on the invitation of President Muhammadu Buhari. During the bilateral meeting at the Presidential Villa, President Buhari said that he shared many things in common with President Bio, adding that, they are both retired generals, former military heads of state and now democratically elected Presidents.

President Buhari also spoke about the strong bilateral relations between Sierra Leone and Nigeria and promised President Bio that he will continue to strengthen that bilateral ties. On security, President Buhari also spoke about the critical importance of stability in the two countries and also at the regional level. He said that Nigeria will spare no effort to ensure that the two countries continue to be stable.

On his part, His Excellency President Bio said that his visit was not only to strengthen the bilateral ties between the two countries but also to express gratitude to the Government and people of Nigeria for all the assistance and support Sierra Leone has been receiving from Nigeria. President Bio also said that Nigeria and Sierra Leone have a long history and common values.

His Excellency expressed his deepest gratitude on behalf of the people of Sierra Leone for the role Nigeria played in bringing to an end the civil war and for the support during the post-conflict reconstruction. After a closed-door meeting with President Buhari, President Bio also addressed the Press where he spoke about the priorities of his new Government which include free education and diversification of the economy among others.

Earlier, His Excellency President Bio was given a warm welcome at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja where he was given a presidential guard of honour and received by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Geoffrey Jideofor Kwusike Onyeama.

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09 Mar
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Our Words Should Be Translated Into Action……President Bio tells AU

Nouakchott, Mauritania – The Chairperson of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union, His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio on Saturday 30th June urged the African Union that their words should be translated into action to ensure peace and stability in Africa.

Addressing Heads of State, Foreign Ministers and officials of African Union during the Peace and Security Council meeting at the 31st Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly, President Bio said: “Our Council also needs to do more than just issuing strongly worded communiqués”, adding that, “It should be borne in mind that words should be translated into action by putting in place punitive measures such as sanctions, especially for those who hinder the peace process as the case may be.”

As Chairperson of the Peace and Security Council, President Bio also spoke about peace and security challenges facing Africa: “Our Continent still continues to face lot of challenges such as the dispute over Western Sahara, the conflict situations in Central African Republic, Mali and the Sahel, Libya, the Horn of Africa, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo amongst others.” However, His Excellency also recognized the significant progress which has been made in peace consolidation efforts through the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in the Lake Chad.

The Chairperson reminded his colleagues that: “Let me also recall the Solemn Declaration that was adopted by the AU Assembly during the OAU/AU 50th Anniversary, on 25th May 2013 where, the Heads of State and Government pledged ‘not to bequeath the burden of war to the next generation of Africans and undertake to end all wars in Africa by the year 2020’. This declaration was translated into the AU initiative of Silencing the Guns by 2020; a Flagship Project of the First –Ten Year Implementation of Agenda 2063.”

President Bio also stated that as a Council, the quest for peace should be the central focus of our mandate, adding that: “For without peace, our aspirations and efforts for a prosperous, integrated, and stable Africa or ‘the Africa that we want’ will hardly be achieved.” He also called for political solutions to ongoing conflicts and engagement with warring parties to ensure that humanitarian assistance reach civilians especially women and children who are the most vulnerable.

During the session, interventions were also made by various Heads of State, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission. President Bio also received commendation from many of his colleagues on the admirable manner he chaired the Peace and Security Council meeting.

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