Tony Blair ‘Nigeria has earned respect throughout the world,’ ex-British PM says

Blair also assured President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari that the international community would continue to support the country in order to help it address its challenges.

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Former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair has congratulated Nigeria on the successful conduct of its general elections saying that it had earned the country respect all over the world.

Blair also assured President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari that the international community would continue to support the country in order to help it address its challenges.

The former PM stated this on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, while speaking with journalists after meeting with Buhari at the Defence House in Abuja.

“In the last few weeks, Nigeria has earned respect throughout the whole world. There is enormous support for Nigeria now in the international community. The support takes into consideration the challenges that lie ahead and there is great confidence in the country,” Blair said.

“This is an election which took place in a way that the country shows the majority of democracies the spirit and character of its people and in the President -elect and Vice President -elect, it is a leadership that I know is determined to do its best for the country,” he added.

“Obviously, the future and destiny of Nigeria lies in the hand of its people. I just want to say to the President- elect that there is tremendous support for you and the country at this moment and all of us, in whatever way we can, will be ready to support you and help you,” the former PM said.

“Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to see you again here in Nigeria and wish you and your team the best in the times ahead,” he concluded.

Buhari had earlier met Blair in February during a visit to the UK before Nigeria’s elections.

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