Ebola: Jonathan urges greater cooperation among West African countries

ebola alertPresident Goodluck Jonathan has called for strategic collaboration among West African countries to control and contain the Ebola virus in order to check its spread and further threat to human lives.

Jonathan stated this on Tuesday while receiving in audience the new Ambassador of Guinea to Nigeria, Mr. Gaoussou Toure, who presented his letters of credence to him at the State House, Abuja.

The President commended the containment measures so far taken by West African countries that have been affected by the disease stressing that more concerted intra-regional cooperation and action needs to be developed.

“A problem that affects one of us affects all. We may need to come together as a region to strengthen our containment measures. I am however pleased that serious measures are being taken to control the spread of the disease,” President Jonathan said.

Ambassador Toure had earlier thanked Jonathan for the financial assistance given to Guinea by Nigeria for tackling the disease and assured him that his country is deploying containment measures to combat the outbreak.

He reaffirmed Guinea’s commitment to strengthening the country’s cordial relations with Nigeria.

Also speaking at separate audiences after receiving letters of credence from the new Ambassador of Germany, Michael Peter Zenner, and Torben Antonio Gettermann, the new Ambassador of Denmark, President Jonathan stated that the days of electoral violence in Nigeria are over and that the 2015 general elections will be free and fair.

He called on the two Ambassadors to use their positions to strengthen the existing trade relations between their countries and Nigeria.