President Muhammadu Buhari has announced the donation of a sum of five hundred thousand dollars and kits to the Guinea-Bissau’s election held in March.
Although the poll was originally scheduled for November 18, 2018, legislative elections were held in Guinea-Bissau on March 10, 2019.
The postponement was sequel to an ECOWAS brokered agreement between President José Mário Vaz and the opposition in April 2018.
As contained in a State House press statement, the donation, was made in response to “an urgent request for assistance by the Government of Guinea Bissau”, also included 350 units of electoral kits, 10 motorcycles, five Hilux vans and two light trucks.
“In his capacity as Chairman, ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State, Pres Buhari, this morning, directed Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr.Geoffrey Onyeama to undertake an urgent mission as his Special Envoy to Guinea Bissau, in the company of ECOWAS Commission President,Jean-Claude Brou,” the statement further reads.
“President Muhammad Buhari had in response to an urgent request for assistance by the Government of Guinea Bissau graciously approved support to the country’s election process including 350 units of electoral kits, 10 motorcycles, 5 Hilux vans, 2 light trucks and US$500,000.
“This vital assistance ensured that legislative elections held in Guinea Bissau, which should help in stabilizing the country.”
The presidency also confirmed that in a separate development, Nigeria’s Foreign Minister will also undertake a mission to Cotonou, Benin, to deliver a personal message to President Patrice Talon from President Buhari.
“The visit is in the context of the brewing political crisis ahead of April 28, 2019, legislative elections in the country.”