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Buhari commiserates with Algerians over death of Bouteflika 

By Terhemba Daka, Abuja 
19 September 2021   |   2:57 am
President Muhammadu Buhari has extended condolences to President Abdelmadjid Tebboune of Algeria on the death of the country’s former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 23, 2017 Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is seen while voting at a polling station in Algiers as Algeria goes to the polls for local elections. – Algeria’s former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika died on September 17, 2021 aged 84, public television announced, citing a statement from the presidency. (Photo by RYAD KRAMDI / AFP)

President Muhammadu Buhari has extended condolences to President Abdelmadjid Tebboune of Algeria on the death of the country’s former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

The President also commiserated with the family of the former President and the Algerian people as they mourn the loss of the remarkable leader who ruled the country for 20 years.

President Buhari noted that Bouteflika, as a veteran in the civil war that led to Algeria’s independence, Foreign Minister, President of the United Nations General Assembly during the 1974–1975 sessions, and political leader, made significant contributions to the development of his country.

On the African front, President Buhari noted that Bouteflika was a true Pan-Africanist whose legacy of securing the Algiers Peace Treaty between Eritrea and Ethiopia and supporting peace efforts in the Africa Great Lakes region will not be forgotten.

The President prayed for the repose of the soul of the departed and comfort for the Algerian people in their period of grief.