President Yoweri Museveni has joined other African leaders to congratulate Nigeria’s President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari after he won his second term as President in the just concluded general elections.
Buhari, 76, was declared winner of the Presidential election having polled 58 percent of the votes.
The announcement was made Wednesday morning by Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Muhammadu Buhari got 15.2 million votes ahead of his main challenger,, former vice president, Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who got 11.3 million votes (41 percent).
On Thursday, President Museveni wrote: “I congratulate His Excellency @MBuhari upon his re-election as President of Nigeria. I also congratulate Nigerians on conducting a peaceful election”.
“Uganda and Nigeria will continue to work towards strengthening our social, political and economic ties,” he added.
Museveni’s congratulatory message follows similar gestures by other Heads of State across the continent, including Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta and Ghana’s Nana Akufo-Addo.
“The Ghanaian people, their government and I extend warm congratulations to His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) on his re-election, for a second successive term, as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in the elections of Saturday 23rd February, 2019,” tweeted Kenyatta on Wednesday.
On his part, Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo tweeted: “The Ghanaian people, their government and I extend warm congratulations to His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) on his re-election, for a second successive term, as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in the elections of Saturday 23rd February, 2019”.
The leaders of Morocco, Ghana, Niger, Senegal and Guinea, congratulated Buhari, according to a statement by President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
The statement said King Mohammed VI of the Kingdom of Morocco noted that Buhari’s victory meant that Nigerians had confidence in him.
‘‘Your re-election is a testimony to the level of confidence that you enjoy among the people of Nigeria, attributable to your wisdom, experience in politics, sense of engagement and devotion to the service and the protection of the interests of the country, especially as they relate to the well-being and security of your people,” King Mohammed VI was quoted as saying.