The United States of America and France have congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his re-election in last Saturday’s Presidential elections.
The two countries in separate statements commended Nigerians who participated in the exercise while condemning the violent incidents that marred the polls in parts of the country.
US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, in his statement in Washington on Friday, noted the assessments of international and domestic observer missions affirming the overall credibility of the election, despite localised violence and irregularities.
The United States congratulates the people of Nigeria on a successful presidential election, and President Muhammadu Buhari on his re-election. We commend all those Nigerians who participated peacefully in the election and condemn 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.
France, in its statement promised to continue to stand by Nigeria and provide full support for the implementation of its priorities. The statement read:
France will continue to stand by Nigeria and provide its full support for the implementation of the country’s priorities especially, economic diversification, job creation, counter-terrorism and the fight against corruption.