Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Accra, Ghana’s capital, said with the right leadership and implementation of public policies, Africa’s drive to eradicate poverty and entrench democracy is on course.
Speaking at Ghana’s 61st independence anniversary celebration at the Independence Square in Accra, Buhari stated that Nigeria and Ghana are benefitting immensely from leaders committed to improving their economies and tackling corruption.
Buhari, according to Malam Garba Shehu, his media aide, in a statement, commended Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo, on his achievements in his first year in office and lauded his committed fight against corruption as well as the passing of Special Prosecutors Bill.
According to the statement, the president pledged Nigeria’s support to Ghana in the fight against corruption, saying the menace of corruption had eaten into the fabrics of both societies.
‘‘From Nigeria, I have watched closely your achievements, ranging from your ingenious approach to creating jobs for the teeming youths through various initiatives, including the repositioning of agriculture for modern farming, ‘Farming for Jobs and Food,’ Senior High School (SHS) free education, One-District-One-Factory, and One-Village-One-Dam as well as the improvement being recorded in the country’s macroeconomic indicators.
‘‘All these efforts, I am aware, have made Ghana to become a good destination for foreign direct investment just like Nigeria. Accept my congratulations!
‘‘I congratulate both the government and the parliament for the quick passage of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act and its signing into law.
‘‘Your Excellency can be assured that you have a good partner in me as I look forward to any form of collaboration between Nigeria and Ghana in tackling the menace of endemic corruption.
‘‘Given all these public policies, it becomes reassuring that with the right leadership, Africa’s drives to eradicate poverty and to entrench democracy is on course,’’ he was quoted to have said.
Furthermore, the statement said Buhari who was the special guest of honour at the event, recounted the historic and cultural ties between Nigeria and Ghana and urged citizens of both countries to uphold the fraternal relations.
‘‘It is, therefore, my strong desire that we owe it as a duty to ensure that our good peoples continue to live in each other’s countries unhindered.
‘‘Our newly rejuvenated Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation has already provided us with good platform in resolving any differences while focusing on our main developmental objectives,’’ the president was further quoted.
Commenting on peace and security in West Africa, the President commended Akufo-Addo’s contribution to ensuring peace in neighbouring Togo.
‘‘Permit me to put on record, Ghana’s untiring efforts in brokering peace in Togo, by bringing all the warring parties to the negotiation table. I am appealing to the opposing parties in Togo to please come together and resolve their differences so that Togo will move forward.
‘‘In the same vein, I wish Nigeria and Ghana to continue to provide the impetus in realising the objectives and ideals of the founding fathers of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), to ensure security, peace and development of our region,’’ the president added.