U.S., China congratulate Buhari on re-election

The United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has congratulated the people of Nigeria on a successful presidential election and President Muhammadu Buhari on his re-election.

According to a statement by the President’s spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Friday, Pompeo commended all Nigerians who participated peacefully in Feb. 23 Presidential and National Assembly elections.
He, however, condemned those whose acts of violence harmed Nigerians and the electoral process.

“We note the assessments of international and domestic observer missions affirming the overall credibility of the election, despite localized violence and irregularities.

“We also congratulate all the other candidates for their peaceful participation in the electoral process. We call on all Nigerians to ensure successful state elections next week.

“Going forward, the United States remains committed to working together with Nigeria to achieve greater peace and prosperity for both our nations,’’ Secretary Pompeo said.

Adesina also said that the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, on Friday extended heartfelt congratulations to Buhari on his decisive win in Feb. 23 presidential election in Nigeria.

In his congratulatory message, President Xi said: ‘‘On the occasion of your re-election as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I would like to, on behalf of the government and people of China and in my own name, extend to Your Excellency warmest congratulations and best wishes.
“I wish you continued success in fulfilling the lofty mission.’’

President Xi said through joints efforts with President Buhari, Nigeria and China in recent years had significantly enhanced political mutual trust and secured fruitful outcomes in practical cooperation, which have delivered tangible benefits to both countries.

“I highly value China’s relations with Nigeria and stand ready to join hands with you to follow through on the outcome of the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and take the China-Nigeria strategic partnership to a new height, to the greater benefits of the two countries and two peoples,’’ President Xi said. (NAN)

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