KENYAN PRESIDENT MEETS SPECIAL ENVOY OF HIS NIGERIAN COUNTERPART

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta held talks here Wednesday with Dr Kayode Fayemi, the special envoy of his Nigerian counterpart, President Muhammadu Buhari.

Dr Fayemi, who is Nigeria’s Minister for Solid Minerals Development, introduced Fatima Kyari Mohammed as the West African nation’s candidate for the position of Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union (AU) which is set to elect the top AU Commission officials later this month.

Elections of officials of the AU Commission will be held when African Heads of State and Government hold their annual ordinary Summit at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the end of the month.

Kenya, meanwhile, is campaigning for its Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary (Minister), Amina Mohammed, to be the next chairperson of the AU Commission.

President Kenyatta and Dr Fayemi discussed issues of mutual concern, including the deepening of continental integration, peace and security.

Kyari Mohammed, the Nigerian candidate for Commissioner for Peace and Security, said her vision is to have a prosperous Africa where citizens can live in security and dignity in an inclusive environment facilitated by collective responsibility and accountable institutions that foster peace and stability.

Nigeria, through the envoy, pledged to support Amina’s candidature for the AU Commission Chairperson position to succeed Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma of South Africa whose term at the AU Commission has come to an end.

Also present during the talks were Amina Mohammed, her Principal Secretary (Assistant Minister), Monica Juma, and the Nigerian High Commissioner (Ambassador) to Kenya, Vincent Ifeanyi Omeokachie.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK