Buhari salutes Bazoum as Niger Republic marks 61st Independence Anniversary

has congratulated the President of Niger Republic, Mohammed Bazoum, on the country’s Independence Day being observed on Aug. 3, 2021.

The president, in a statement by his spokesman, Malam  Garba Shehu in Abuja on Tuesday, described Niger Republic as “ of Nigeria’s best friends in Africa”.

According to him, the French speaking country “has always demonstrated goodwill towards Nigeria.”

He said: “Despite the artificial division of Africa, the people of Niger share cultural affinity Nigerians.

“The colonial identity of the people of Niger Republic has never affected the spirit of mutual respect and brotherliness their Nigerian neighbours.”

The Nigerian leader described Bazoum as “a great Africanist who has demonstrated statesmanship since his election in April this year.”

President Buhari told Bazoum: “As you celebrate your independence today, I send hearty best wishes on behalf of the government and the people of Nigeria.” (NAN)