Buhari congratulates Senegal President on re-election
Saudi, Qatar kings, others hail Nigeria’s election
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated President Macky Sall of Senegal on his re-election for a second term.
According to a statement issued by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), the President commended the people of Senegal on the successful and peaceful conduct of the presidential election, noting that the scenario of successful elections in West African countries is a sign of hope that democracy has come to stay in the sub-region.
While wishing the Senegalese people peace, stability and progress, President Buhari looks forward to working with President Sall to advance existing bilateral cooperation in various fields for the benefits of their citizens.
The statement said at the sub-regional level, Buhari expressed readiness to partner with his Senegalese counterpart to achieve greater progress in the economic, governance, peace, security and humanitarian fields.
In a separate statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), the presidency revealed that King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia and the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, have congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his re-election for a new presidential term.
The statement said in a telephone conversation with President Buhari on Thursday, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques wished the Nigerian President success and good health in his second term in office.
The Saudi King extended good wishes of steady progress and prosperity to the government and people of Nigeria.
President Buhari expressed appreciation to the King, affirming his readiness to enhance aspects of cooperation between the two countries in various fields.
The statement added that the Qatari King on his part, sent a cable of congratulations to President Buhari on his re-election, wishing the Nigerian President success and the Nigerian people further development and progress.
It said Russian Ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Shebarshin, also sent a congratulatory message, saying: ”I am honoured to extend my congratulations to you personally, Mr President, and the people of Nigeria on the successful conduct of free, transparent and credible Presidential and National Assembly elections on February 23, 2019, that will shape the destiny of this nation for the upcoming four years and beyond.”
While describing the elections as yet another substantial step towards further strengthening of Nigerian democracy, the Russian Ambassador wrote: ” It is my conviction that your decisive victory will pave the way for yet stronger and more prosperous Nigeria that you will be able to deliver on the people’s mandate. ”
The Russian Ambassador expressed the hope that the Nigerian President’s second term in office will be associated with further enhancements of bilateral cooperation and closer contacts between the two countries.
UK Minister of State for Africa, Harriett Baldwin, said: ”I offer my congratulations to President Buhari on securing a second term as the Nigerian President. The UK is a long-standing friend and partner of Nigeria and the Nigerian people, and a stable and prosperous Nigeria benefits Africa and the world.”
French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs in its congratulatory message said: ”France congratulates President Muhammadu Buhari on his re-election on February 23. It will continue to stand by Nigeria and to provide its full support for the implementation of the country’s priorities, especially economic diversification, job creation, counter-terrorism and the fight against corruption.”
President Buhari has also received congratulatory messages from Presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe, Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa and Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya.