By Timothy Choji, Abuja
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia has congratulated the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on his re-election for a new term.
In a telephone conversation with President Buhari on Thursday, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques wished him 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.’
Also, the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani sent a cable of congratulations to President Buhari on his re-election, wishing him success and the Nigerian people further development and progress.
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.”
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.”
He expressed the hope that the Nigerian President’s second term in office would 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 its 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 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.
Nigeria’s Presidential election was held on February 23, alongside the National Assembly’s election. It was originally billed for February 16 but the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC postponed it to February 23, few hours to the poll due to operational and logistic problems.
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