The Nigerian President says he looks forward to working with the new Malian leader.
President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated Mali’s President-elect, Ibrahim Keita, on his victory in last Sunday’s run-off Presidential election in the country.
Mr. Jonathan also congratulated and commended the people of Mali for successfully conducting the elections and taking a major step towards the full restoration of democratic governance to their country.
This is contained in a statement by the President’s media aide, Reuben Abati on Thursday.
Mr. Jonathan said he and Nigeria look forward to the conclusion of the electoral process with Mr. Keita’s inauguration as President in keeping with the wish of the Malian people as expressed at the polls on Sunday.
The President said he believed that having served capably as his country’s Prime Minister for many years, Mr. Keita would assume the Malian Presidency with the requisite experience, knowledge and wisdom needed to guide the country towards a speedy return to peace, normalcy, political stability and further development.
Mr. Jonathan assured Mr. Keita of the support, assistance and cooperation of Nigeria, ECOWAS and the African Union as he prepared to assume the burden of leading Mali away from political strife and instability, to national peace and progress.
He wished the Malian President-elect a very successful tenure in office.
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