President Macky Sall of Senegal has commended Nigeria for its handling of the cost of war against insurgency and terrorist activities in Lake Chad Basin areas.
Sall gave the commendation at the end of a dinner meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and President Umaro Embalo of Guinea Bissau at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He also lauded Nigeria for supporting the efforts of the Economic Community of West African States towards the restoration of peace and constitutional order in Mali.
Sall reiterated the commitment of ECOWAS leaders to continue to support the transitional government in Mali to enable it meet the December 2021 deadline of conducting elections in that country.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mali has appointed a civilian as Interim President who will stay in office for 18 months and lead the country back to constitutional order, after the military took over power in the country.
Sall said although there was a big political crisis in Mali, the situation had improved following continued support from ECOWAS to the country’s transitional arrangements.
The Senegalese leader said fruitful bilateral talks, bordering on security, economy, COVID-19 as well as regional and global issues, were held with President Buhari.
Similarly, President Umaro Embalo also expressed appreciation to President Buhari for his support and his fatherly advice before and after his inauguration as president of Guinea Bissau.
Embalo said that a street in Bissau, capital of Guinea Bissau, had been named after President Buhari as a mark of honour and respect for the Nigerian leader due to his honesty, discipline and fear of God.