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Buhari promises fuel supply assistance to Burundi

President Muhammadu Buhari has  promised that Nigeria will support the Republic of Burundi to deal with its fuel shortage issues in the “spirit of African solidarity and brotherliness”.

The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said the Nigerian leader made the pledge on Tuesday at State House, Abuja, while receiving a Special Envoy from Burundi President, Evariste Ndayishimiye, who had come with a message from Bujumbura.

Mr Adesina said  President Buhari assured the presidential envoy that Nigeria would support the Republic of Burundi in “diverse ways” as necessary.

On the request for fuel assistance by the Burundi leader, President Buhari said he “knows what it feels like for a country to suffer from energy shortage”.

Analysts say Burundi’s request has come at a time when Nigeria is battling fuel scarcity of its own since last December.

Burundi’s minister of finance, budget and economic planning, Audace Niyonzima, who led the presidential delegation, said his President also sent his goodwill for the New Year to the government and people of Nigeria.

“We pray that the polls would be peaceful and successful, so that Nigeria would maintain her reputation as a bastion of peace and stability,” the Special Envoy said, referring to next month’s general election.

Writing by Fany Olumoye; Editing by Tony Okerafor