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Ex British Prime Minister Tony Blair Meets with Buhari | Expresses confidence in Nigeria’s Future




Former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, on Wednesday expressed confidence in the ability of Nigerians to experience greater times ahead.

Blair said this to newsmen after a courtesy visit to the President-elect, retired Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, in Abuja.

He expressed readiness and support to the incoming administration in whatever capacity the country needed it.

“I just want to say to the President-elect that there is tremendous support for you and the country at this moment, and all of us, in whatever way we can stand, are ready to support you and help you. It is a moment of great challenges which bothers on the life of the people as well as their security and so on.

If the same spirit and character that defined the election can be taken through these coming years to address the challenges, I think we can all have great confidence in the times ahead.”

Blair said the recent general elections made it obvious that the future and destiny of Nigeria lay in the hand of its people.


He said in the last few weeks, Nigeria had earned respect through out the world.

“There is enormous support for Nigeria now in the international community. The support takes into consideration the challenges that lie ahead and there is great confidence in the country.”


Buhari, in his response, said the fact that the elections were successful was ”a major relief for us and to all people of conscience throughout the world.”

“I thank the former British Prime Minister for his concern for Nigeria.”

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. honey

    May 14, 2015 at 8:09 am

    We are all optimistic too. Cautiously optimistic though. We have been let down long enough to conclude that this administration is the solution to all our problems.
    That being said, i have more confidence in Buhari than i had in Jonathan when he was elected in 2011.

  2. Anon

    May 14, 2015 at 9:57 am

    That handshake! Can you read it? LOL!!

  3. EllesarisEllendil

    May 14, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Buhari please stay far away from Blair, he was good in his time but has gone downhill since leaving 10 Downing,

  4. chukz

    May 14, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    That handshake tho…everyone is shouting Buhari but it seems Osibajo us really the guy to watch. Interesting times ahead.

  5. Shopperoflife

    May 14, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    All these foreign do godders. Watching out for their pockets since 1944.

  6. ShineShineShine

    May 14, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    How much was Blair paid to visit? Cash and carry former PM.

  7. ViV

    May 15, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Can BuharI hear what Tony is saying sef

    • ShineShineShine

      May 16, 2015 at 9:45 am

      U ar wicked. Osinbanjo will translate.

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