Barely 72-hrs after he was declared winner of a keenly contested presidential poll in the west African country of Ghana, the incumbent, Mr John Mahama has made Nigeria his first port of call.
Mr. Mahama arrived the Presidential Villa today at about 12.30pm where he was received by President Jonathan at the forecourt of his office before the two went upstairs for a closed-door meeting.
While briefing state house correspondents after the meeting, the Ghanaian President said he was enroute Equatorial Guinea for the Conference of African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States meeting, and he decided to call on the Nigerian President to pay homage considering the relations between both west African countries.
The Ghanian leader also sought Nigeria’s resuscitation of the West African pipeline to enable his country use the Nigerian gas for its power generation. “I took the opportunity of the visit to discuss with him (President Jonathan) the issue of West Africa Gas Pipeline. As you are aware, it got broken and there was an accident when they were trying to activate it,” he stated.
Speaking further, Mr. Mahama said: “So, I want President Jonathan to use his influence to get the pipeline back into operation as soon as possible so that Ghana can continue to receive Nigerian gas to power our electricity generation.”
While condoling with the Nigerian president over the death of his younger brother, Mr. Mahama explained that he missed the funeral which took place because it fell on the same day with the Ghanaian elections.