“You Can Manage A Country Efficiently Only After You Have First Stabilized It” – President Buhari Advises South Sudanese Leaders
Nigeria is prepared to assist South Sudan achieve political and economic stabilization, President Buhari gave the assurance while receiving Ezekiel Gatkuoth, Special Envoy of the South Sudanese President at State House, Abuja, on Tuesday.
President Buhari noted that our two countries have a lot in common in the area of developmental aspirations, adding: “It has not been smooth sailing for us all the way, too. But since South Sudan would want to share from our experience, we will support where we can, and pray hard for your stability.”
The President urged the leaders of South Sudan to keep making sacrifices “till the environment is completely stabilized,” stressing that stability should always be number one priority.
“You can’t manage a country efficiently till you have first stabilized it. Then, the economy must follow. You must provide jobs for the people, particularly the youths. Also, you need to check corruption. Guide your national resources jealously. We will do our best to support,” the President said.
Mr Gatkuoth, who is also his country’s Petroleum Minister, said President Buhari was widely admired across the African continent for his role in fighting corruption, noting that it was the reason the African Union made him a champion of the anti-corruption crusade in Africa.
He said South Sudan was putting its house in order, but needed assistance from Nigeria in the areas of security transformation, constitutional reforms, and infrastructural development.