Following the conflict between the military and paramilitary that broke out in the nation’s capital, Khartoum, President Muhammadu Buhari has called for a cease-fire in Sudan.
Buhari called the fighting between the Rapid Support Forces as undesirable while General Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno, the interim president of Chad, paid him a visit on Sunday in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
Buhari also referred to the fighting that took tens of lives as regrettable in a statement released by the spokesperson for the president, Mallam Garba Shehu.
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.
Buhari acknowledged that the situation in Sudan is unfortunate, adding that Sudan deserved peace after all it had gone through.
Buhari commended the Chadian leader for his “efforts to see a calming down, and for them to live peacefully. But you have to keep trying.”
Deby-Itno told Buhari that the situation in Sudan has become worrisome.
“Unfortunately, if not arrested, it will have serious repercussions on neighbouring countries,” Deby-Itno said, according to Channels TV.
As for the steps his country took in response to the crisis, 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.”
The Chadian leader wished Buhari a successful Umrah and all the best as he prepared to leave office.