Nigeria’s president says Nigeria will help resolve boundary disputes between Sudan and South Sudan.
President Goodluck Jonathan said on Wednesday in Abuja that Nigeria would work with other African leaders to resolve the lingering boundary disputes between Sudan and South Sudan.
Mr. Jonathan spoke after receiving a special message from President Salva Kiir Mayerdit of South Sudan at the State House.
The Secretary General of Sudan, Pagan Okiech, delivered the special message from Mr. Mayerdit to the president.
Mr. Jonathan said that peace is a necessity for the development of both countries, particularly the new South Sudan.
He pledged that Nigeria and other African nations would work to ensure that the new country’s leaders had the peace they required to exploit its natural resources for the benefit of its citizens.
“You have good prospects as a nation. If there is peace you will certainly make rapid progress,” he said.
The president also said that Nigeria would not relent in doing its best to ensure that the new country achieved peaceful and friendly relations with its neighbours, especially Sudan.
Earlier, Mr. Okiechi had briefed Mr. Jonathan on the economic difficulties being experienced by South Sudan because of the non-implementation of the peace agreements with Sudan.
He called for Nigeria’s support toward the implementation of the agreements and the resolution of the border disputes between South Sudan and Sudan.