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Buhari congratulates Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin on re-election

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President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and President Vladimir Putin of Russia on their re-election.

A statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina yesterday, said President Buhari told Chancellor Merkel that her victory “is a testimony of your hard-work, competence and trust of the German people, qualities which are much admired in many parts of the world, especially here in Africa.”

According to President Buhari: “We look forward to greater co-operation between our two countries as we strive to confront shared challenges.”

President Buhari also extended “sincere congratulations” to President Vladimir Putin of Russia on his victory in the presidential election in the Asian country.

In a letter on behalf of himself, the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Buhari said Putin’s “success for the fourth time in the election is a clear testimony of the confidence” Russians have in his leadership.

Meanwhile, former Vice President Namadi Sambo yesterday met with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja

The meeting between the duo was held behind closed-doors and lasted for about 30 minutes.

Sambo, who spoke with State House Correspondents after the meeting, said it was a private meeting.

He spoke as he walked past to a waiting car and left the Villa immediately.


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