Buhari Hails Outgoing Nigerien Government For Following Constitution

Mahamadou Issoufou

BEVERLY HILLS, February 18, (THEWILL) – President Buhari has said that the outgoing President Mahamadou Issoufou of the neighbouring Republic of Niger and his government deserved accolades for keeping scrupulously to their country’s Constitution with respect to run-off polls scheduled for February 21, 2021.

The President spoke Thursday at State House, Abuja, while receiving in audience, former Nigerian Vice President, Architect Mohammed Namadi Sambo, who is ECOWAS Head of Mission on the elections in the Niger Republic.

President Buhari, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, congratulated Sambo on the first round of the elections that produced no clear winner, thus compelling a run-off set for February 21, 2021, as prescribed by the Constitution of the country.

Noting that Niger was our very close neighbour, the President said the peace of that country mattered greatly to Nigeria.

“Neighbourliness, whether national or individual, is very important, as the peace of your neighbour, or lack of it, may also affect your own well-being,” Buhari stated.

He expressed best wishes to the Republic of Niger, Sambo and his team as the run-off polls would be held over the weekend.

The ECOWAS Head of Mission reported that campaigns had been peaceful thus far, as the contending political parties sealed deals and alliances for an outright victory.

In the first round of the election, Mohamed Bazoum, former Minister of Interior and Foreign Affairs led with 39.33 per cent of the votes compared to former President Mahamane Ousmane who polled 17 per cent, both scores falling short of the required 50 per cent for an outright presidential victory.