Buhari encourages peace, stability as Ethiopian PM Commences 2nd Term

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President Muhammadu Buhari in Addis Ababa, yesterday, summoned for peace and stability in Ethiopia amidst the various setbacks facing the East African nation.

Speaking during the inauguration of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for a second-five year term in office, the President promised that Nigeria would continue to back the unity and territorial integrity of Ethiopia.

President Muhammadu Buhari

“We are well aware of the many challenges facing the people of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, and we encourage all parties to come together in the interest of the unity, progress and wellbeing of the country.” Buhari said.

“Your Excellency, you therefore have a great opportunity to continue to work for the peace and stability of Ethiopia.”

The president delivered his speech in the presence of African leaders and a jubilant Ethiopian crowd at the Meskel Square.

In attendance were the Presidents of Uganda, South Sudan, Djibouti, Senegal, Kenya, Somalia and the Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Speaking to the premier, Buhari said Nigeria, like many other countries, was depending on his leadership to release the great economic potentials of Ethiopia by expanding investment opportunities, deepening relations and building trust at home and abroad.

On the elections that brought the 2019 Nobel Peace Laureate back to power, President Buhari added:

“I commend the courage and commitment of the people of Ethiopia to the values and principles of democracy. I strongly believe that the outcome of the elections held in June is a reflection of the desire of the Ethiopian people for transformation through a free, fair and credible electoral process.”

Buhari remarked that Abiy’s conquest at the poll, certainly affirmed the faith of the Ethiopian people in his leadership, courage and credentials, adding that it also emphasized the years of his contributions to the development of Ethiopia’s modern democracy.

While wishing the Prime Minister a prosperous tenure in office, the President said he looks forward to more productive and powerful engagements between the two countries.

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