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‘Peaceful, transparent outcome’ — Buhari congratulates Ruto, Kenya president-elect

‘Peaceful, transparent outcome’ — Buhari congratulates Ruto, Kenya president-elect
August 15
23:02 2022

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated William Ruto on his election as president of Kenya.

Ruto, currently deputy president of Kenya, was declared winner of the presidential election on Monday, after polling 50.49 percent of the votes to defeat Raila Odinga, his closest rival, who polled 48.85 percent of the votes.

According to a statement by Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, Buhari also commended the people of Kenya for “the peaceful and transparent outcome of the elections”.

Buhari said the outcome of the elections demonstrates that democratic process, values and principles remain the best way for the people to select their leaders and hold them accountable.

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“Nigeria values Kenya as a strategic partner in the fight against terrorism and violence extremism, buoyed by a long history of friendship, economic and trade ties, and effective collaboration through international organisations such as the African Union, the United Nations and the Commonwealth,” the statement reads.

“While wishing Deputy President Ruto a successful inauguration and tenure in office, the President looks forward to more fruitful and robust engagements between the two countries on shared priorities such as enhancing peace and security on the continent, democracy, and greater economic prosperity and social development.”

“Buhari also greeted President Uhuru Kenyatta for “his statesmanship and exemplary leadership to the people of Kenya in the past nine years and the profound legacies of his administration on infrastructure, education, healthcare reforms and tourism as well as strong influence and support on regional security.”

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