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Buhari congratulates Ethiopia’s leader Abiy Ahmed on election victory

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FILE PHOTO: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed attends his last campaign event ahead of Ethiopia’s parliamentary and regional elections scheduled for June 21, in Jimma, Ethiopia, June 16, 2021. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo

Says Africa must unite against instability

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, over the victory won by his party in the just-concluded parliamentary elections, returning him to the office for another five years.

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Reacting to the outcome of the elections announced over the weekend, Buhari told the Ethiopian leader: “On behalf of the Nigerian people, I send you and the people of Ethiopia our good wishes for your courage and commitment to the democratic process and urge you to continue with the good policies of your government that endeared you to the people.”

Buhari, who also reflected on the instability rocking Ethiopia, appealed to parties and factions in the country to come together to halt their country’s march to civil war.

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He lamented that instability in one part of Africa is a threat to stability elsewhere.

“Instability is a grave threat to African progress. African countries cannot attain their development goals if every group resorts to violence and destabilisation instead of seeking peaceful resolution of conflicts through dialogue,” he said.

Buhari also assured the Ethiopian leader that Nigeria would continue to support the unity and territorial well being of his country and of all African states.

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