President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the people of the Republic of Burundi of support from the Nigerian government over some of the challenges facing their country.
Daily Trust reports that the president while receiving the Special Envoy of President Evariste Ndayishimiye on Tuesday, January 3, said Nigeria will support Burundi in diverse ways as necessary in the spirit of African solidarity and brotherliness.
A statement signed by presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, confirmed that Buhari reacting to a request for assistance by the Burundi envoy in the area of provision of energy, especially fuel, expressed concern for the country and its residents.
Noting that he understands what it feels like for a country to suffer from an energy shortage, Buhari promised that he would get the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited to look into the request.
The president’s guarantee comes despite the fact that the request from Burundi comes at a time when Nigeria is at the height of its fuel scarcity, with fuel outlets selling petrol below the approved pump price.
Buhari also stated that he was looking forward to the elections and retiring, as he had completed the constitutionally mandated two terms in government.
Audace Niyonzima, the Republic of Burundi’s minister of finance, budget, and economic planning, responded by saying the country’s president wished Nigerians a Happy New Year.
In his words: “We pray that the polls would be peaceful and successful so that Nigeria would maintain her reputation as a bastion of peace and stability.”