Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Kenya’s president-elect, William Ruto, adding that he is committed to working on a fruitful relationship between both nations.
President Buhari disclosed this in a statement on Monday evening after Ruto was declared the winner of the keenly contested election.
Ruto won 50.5%, which is 7.1 million of the valid votes against his main rival Raila Odinga who had 48.9%.
What Buhari is saying
In his statement, President Buhari said, “I congratulate the President-Elect of Kenya, William Ruto, on his victory in the August 9, 2022, general elections. I wish him a successful inauguration and tenure in office, while also looking forward to more fruitful and robust engagements between Nigeria and Kenya.”
Buhari added that Nigeria values Kenya as a strategic partner in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism, citing that between both nations lies a long history of friendship, economic and trade ties, and effective collaboration through various international organisations.
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He commended President Uhuru Kenyatta for his statesmanship and exemplary leadership to the people of Kenya, citing “the profound legacies of his administration in infrastructure, education, healthcare reforms & tourism, as well as his strong influence & support on regional security”
What you should know
- William Ruto was declared the winner of Kenya’s presidential election after defeating five-time contender Raila Odinga, whose officials and supporters have rejected the official results.
- Ruto, 55, won 50.5% or 7.1 million of the valid votes cast on August 9, and his main rival Odinga got 48.9% of the votes, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission said at a ceremony in the capital Nairobi, on Monday.
- Ruto promised to tame debt and spend 500 billion shillings ($4.1 billion) to support entrepreneurs and farmers, and create jobs for millions of unemployed youths.