Buhari preaches peace in Ethiopia

Buhari looks forward to more fruitful and robust engagements between Nigeria and Ethiopia.

President Muhammadu Buhari and Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed. [Twitter/GovNigeria]

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Addis Ababa, called for peace and stability in Ethiopia, amid the many challenges facing the East African country.

In his goodwill message at the inauguration ceremony of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for a second five-year term in office, the President pledged that Nigeria would continue to support the unity and territorial integrity of Ethiopia.

Mr Femi Adesina, the President's spokesman in a statement in Abuja on Monday, quoted Nigerian leader as saying, "We are well aware of the many challenges facing the people of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, and we encourage all parties to come together in the interest of the unity, progress and wellbeing of Ethiopia.

"Your Excellency, you therefore have a great opportunity to continue to work for the peace and stability of Ethiopia."

The presidential aide said Buhari delivered his message in the presence of African leaders and a jubilant crowd of Ethiopians at the Meskel Square.

The Nigerian leader told the newly inaugurated Prime Minister that Nigeria, like many other countries, was counting on his leadership to unleash the great economic potentials of Ethiopia by expanding investment opportunities, deepening relations and building trust at home and abroad.

Speaking on the elections that brought the 2019 Nobel Peace Laureate back to power, Buhari said, "I commend the courage and commitment of the people of Ethiopia to the values and principles of democracy. I strongly believe that the outcome of the elections held in June is a reflection of the desire of the Ethiopian people for transformation through a free, fair and credible electoral process."

He noted that Abiy's victory clearly affirmed the confidence of the Ethiopian people in his leadership, courage, and credentials.

According to him, the victory also underscores the years of his contributions to the development of Ethiopia's modern democracy.

While wishing the Prime Minister a successful tenure in office, the president said he looked forward to more fruitful and robust engagements between the two countries.

The Presidents of Uganda, South Sudan, Djibouti, Senegal, Kenya, Somalia, and the Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo attended the event.

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