BUHARI SEEKS DIALOGUE TO RESOLVE POLITICAL CRISIS IN BURUNDI

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday urged the people and Government of Burundi to explore dialogue in resolving the current political differences in the country. He gave the advice while receiving the former Burundian President, Mr. Pierre Buyoya, at the State House, Abuja. According to a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, President Buhari said that Nigeria would continue to support peace processes in the continent through the African Union (AU), which had already intervened in Burundi.

He said since President Pierre Nkurunziza rejected the proposal of a ‘‘stabilizing force from the AU, we can’t impose it on him, but we will continue to opt for dialogue.’’ ‘‘Nigeria has been playing a key role in the continent through the AU. We participated fully in ensuring a truce in Mali, and we want citizens to enjoy the impact of the truce, although the terrorists are not helping matters.

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