President Muhammadu Buhari (l) welcoming his Côte d’Ivoire counterpart, Alassane Ouattara (m) at the Presidential Villa.

President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that the political instability in Togo, if not averted, could have regional consequences.

Buhari stated this during a bilateral meeting with his Ivorian counterpart, Alassane Ouattara on Wednesday.

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According to a statement on Thursday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, both leaders expressed the view in Abidjan on the margins of the 5th AU-EU Summit.

“We must have a solution in Togo. The friends of the opposition and authorities must talk to them on the steps to jointly take to achieve stability. They must work towards gaining the trust of each other.

‘‘There will be regional consequences for instability in Togo and this will surely come at a cost to development,’’ Buhari was quoted as saying.

The President also had a separate bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel where the issue of stemming the tide of illegal migration of Nigerians to Europe took the front burner.

The two leaders agreed to strengthen legal migration and made a commitment to expand discussions on how to stem the tide of illegal migration.

On security, Buhari told the German Chancellor that his government’s commitment to the security of lives and property in Nigeria remains absolute.