Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has admonished the newly-elected President of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi to unite and protect the common interests of all residents of the country.
Naija News understands that Buhari’s advisory was contained in a congratulatory message sent to Raisi on his victory as the country’s newly elected leader.
The congratulatory message titled, ‘President Buhari greets new Iranian President, says our nations will work towards closer cooperation’ which copy was delivered to newsmen by Garba Shehu, Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, quoted the Nigerian President as saying that the election of Iran’s new president “once again reinforces the centrality of the will of the people to the success of democracy anywhere in the world.”
Buhari also reportedly said that “Raisi deserves his victory in the presidential election.”
According to him, “democracy affords voters the opportunity to change or re-elect their representatives by peaceful means.”
Buhari described Raisi as “a consummate politician with experience to lead his country to greater heights and a better future.” He urged Iranians “to brush political differences aside and support Raisi to succeed in efforts to help the country overcome its challenges, including the impact of COVID-19 pandemic and the crippling sanctions imposed on the country.”
“May God guide and grant you wisdom in the discharge of the heavy responsibility your election entails,” Buhari prayed to Raisi.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari is only trying to divert attention from calls for restructuring with his comments on appointments.
Naija News reports that Buhari on Monday said that he has been fair and inclusive with his appointments and policies.
Speaking in Abuja at a conference organised for youths in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Buhari denied allegations of nepotism and lopsided appointments.