The United States of America, the United Kingdom, Turkey, China and other countries of the world have congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his re-election for second-term of another four years at the end of last Saturday, February 23 Presidential election in the country.
The U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, who congratulated Buhari on behalf of his country, also commended all Nigerians who participated peacefully in the elections even as he 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.”
On his part, the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, extended heartfelt congratulations to President Buhari on what he called ‘his decisive win’ in the February 23 presidential election.
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 that through joints efforts with President Buhari, Nigeria and China in recent years have 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.”
The Nigerian leader received separate telephone calls from UK Prime Minister, Theresa May and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, congratulating him on his re-election and wishing the Nigerian people, progress and prosperity.
President Buhari thanked the two leaders for their unflinching support to Nigeria and her people, pledging commitment to continue working with them to advance various areas of cooperation.