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Buhari urges world leaders to intervene in Sudan

President Muhammadu Buhari says the ongoing fight in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, between the military and powerful paramilitary, Rapid Support Forces, RSF, is inappropriate.

Speaking during a visit to him by the Transitional President of Chad, General Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno, in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, President Buhari described the fighting that claimed some lives as unjustifiable.

The two leaders reviewed the unfortunate situation and called on all neighbouring countries and the international community to prevail on the warring sides to stop fighting and negotiate their differences.

“The situation in Sudan is unfortunate,” said the President, adding that Sudan deserved peace after all that it had been through in the past.

President Buhari commended the Chadian leader for his efforts to see the restoration of peace but advised him to be insistent until the status-quo was restored.

Mr. Deby-Itno told President Buhari that the situation in Sudan was worrisome and if not arrested, it will have serious repercussions on neighbouring countries.”

As for the steps his country has taken in response to the crisis, President Deby-Itno said, “we have closed our borders to Sudan and reinforced our security.

“I have spoken to the leaders of both factions. If everyone tries, it will calm down the situation. African leaders, especially the elders (President Buhari), Macky Sall (Senegal) and AU Chairperson Azali Assoumani (Comoros) need to step in. For two days, they have been killing themselves”, he said.

The Chadian leader wished President Buhari a successful Umrah and the best of time after office.

Reporting by Abdullah Bello; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu