President Buhari calls for ceasefire in Sudan

President Muhammadu Buhari has described the ongoing fight, which erupted in the Sudanese capital between the military and powerful paramilitary, Rapid Support Forces (RSF) as unwelcome.

According to a statement issued by the presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu on Sunday during a visit in Makkah, Saudi Arabia by the Transitional President of Chad, General Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno, President Buhari described the fighting that claimed tens of thousands of lives as unfortunate.

The two leaders reviewed the unfortunate situation and called on all neighbouring countries and the international community to prevail on the warring sides to stop fighting and negotiate.

“The situation in Sudan is unfortunate,” said the president, adding that Sudan deserved peace after all that it had gone through in the past.

Buhari commended the Chadian leader for his “efforts to see a calming down, and for them to live peacefully. But you have to keep trying”.

Deby-Itno told Buhari that the situation in Sudan was worrisome.

“Unfortunately, if not arrested, it will have serious repercussions on neighbouring countries,” Deby-Itno stated.

As for the steps his country took in response to the crisis, Deby-Itno said: “We have closed our borders to Sudan and reinforced our security.

“I have spoken to the leaders of both factions. If everyone tries, it will calm down the situation. African leaders, especially the elders (President Buhari), Macky Sall (Senegal) and AU Chairperson Azali Assoumani (Comoros) need to step in. For two days, they have been killing themselves.”

The Chadian leader wished Buhari a successful Umrah and “all the best as you prepare to leave office”.

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