Guinea Bissau leader Embalo signs visitors’ register

By Ismaila Chafe

Guinea-Bissau’s President, Umaro Sissoco Embalo, has met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Embalo was received at the fore court of the presidential villa by the Nigerian leader at about 11.05 a.m.

The two leaders immediately went into closed door to discuss issues concerning both countries as well as regional and continental matters.

President Buhari and Guinea Bissau leader Embalo

Embalo, candidate of the Movement for Democratic Alternation, who obtained 53.5 per cent of the votes during the country’s presidential election runoff held on Dec. 29, 2019, was reported to have sworn in himself on Feb. 27, 2020.

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A local media outfit had reported that,“the ceremony took place despite a continuing legal and political battle over the official results”

In his inaugural speech, Embalo, who had visited Nigeria twice before his swearing in, pledged to fight against corruption, drug trafficking and nepotism, and to promote “national reconciliation”.

A political commentator, who preferred not to be named, said Friday’s visit of the Guinea Bissau’s President to Nigeria and his subsequent meeting with President Buhari “is a clear recognition of Embalo’s Presidency by Nigerian Government in spite of the ongoing political crisis surrounding his election”.