President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, May 21st received the President of Niger Republic, Mahamadou Issoufou who paid him a solidarity and congratulatory visit.
In a statement by Mallam Garba Shehu, Director of Media and Publicity of the Media Team of the President-elect, the Niger leader said he brought the felicitations and good wishes of the people of his country to the President-elect as well as out-going Nigerian leader, President Goodluck Jonathan for the free and fair election that brought a peaceful change of leadership. The Niger leader said that the free and peaceful elections in Nigeria would impact positively on the development of democracy in Africa.
In his response, the President-elect thanked the Niger leader for his interest and good wishes for Nigeria adding that Niger has always been a good neighbour to Nigeria. Muhammadu Buhari went down memory lane to say that there is a lot in common between Nigeria, Niger, Cameroun, Benin Republic and Chad in terms of overlapping ethnic groups, language and culture.
He said that the two countries as well as all other neighbours would continue to cooperate for their common good and wished President Issoufou and the people of Niger well.