Buhari Congratulates Mahamadou Issoufou Of Niger On His Re-election

Source: thewillnigeria.com

SAN FRANCISCO, March 31, (THEWILL) – President Muhammadu Buhari has written to congratulate President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger Republic on his recent re-election.

This was revealed by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, adding that the President extended his best wishes to Issoufou and the people of Niger Republic after the peaceful elections, saying that it bodes well for the progress of the country.

“The President acknowledged an invitation to attend President Issoufou’s swearing-in for a new term in office, but regretted that he will be unable to attend due to his ongoing participation in the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC,” Adesina said.

“Wishing President Issoufou a successful new term in office, President Buhari expressed the hope that peace and progress will continue to prevail in Nigeria and Niger Republic.”

Issoufou, who has vowed to crush Islamist militants and reduce the country's deep poverty, defeated 14 other candidates, including Seyni Oumaru, leader of an opposition coalition.

The Niger Republic Presidential election also took place peacefully in Kano, Nigeria, with large turn-out of voters at the Niger Republic Consulate office, venue of the election.

Security was also very tight as both the Nigeria policemen and security operatives from Niger Republic were seen keeping vigil at the venue.

It was also observed that people coming into the venue were being thoroughly screened to ensure that only eligible voters were allowed into the venue with adequate election materials at the two designated polling units.

Niger produces uranium and oil but is desperately poor and has one of the world's highest fertility rates.

Written by David Oputah