Buhari pledges commitment to peace in Ethiopia
President Muhammadu Buhari Monday has pledged Nigeria’s commitment to the peace and stability in Ethiopia, amid the challenges rocking the East African country.
Buhari gave the pledge while delivering his goodwill message at the second five-year term inauguration ceremony of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed at the Meskel Square, Addis Ababa.
Ahmed’s inauguration comes as a nearly year-long war in the northern region of Tigray spreads into other parts of the country.
Abiy’s Prosperity Party was declared the winner of parliamentary elections in June.
The vote was criticized and even boycotted by some parties, who said their candidates had been arrested. Yet, electoral observers said it was better run than previous elections.
According to a statement released by presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, in his message, Buhari charged the newly inaugurated Prime Minister that Nigeria, like many other countries, are counting on his leadership to unleash the great economic potentials of Ethiopia.
Read the statement containing the president’s address below:
PRESIDENT BUHARI URGES PEACE, STABILITY IN ETHIOPIA AS PRIME MINISTER ABIY AHMED BEGINS SECOND FIVE-YEAR TERM
President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in Addis Ababa, called for peace and stability in Ethiopia, amid the many challenges facing the East African country.
In his goodwill message at the inauguration ceremony of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for a second-five year term in office, the President pledged that Nigeria would continue to support the unity and territorial integrity of Ethiopia.
”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 Ethiopia.
”Your Excellency, you therefore have a great opportunity to continue to work for the peace and stability of Ethiopia,’’ he said.
The President delivered his message in the presence of African leaders and a jubilant crowd of Ethiopians at the Meskel Square.
He told the newly inaugurated Prime Minister that Nigeria, like many other countries, was counting on his leadership to unleash the great economic potentials of Ethiopia by expanding investment opportunities, deepening relations and building trust at home and abroad.
Speaking on the elections that brought the 2019 Nobel Peace Laureate back to power, President Buhari said:
”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.’’
The Nigerian leader noted that Abiy’s victory at the election, clearly affirmed the confidence of the Ethiopian people in his leadership, courage and credentials, adding that it also underscores the years of his contributions to the development of Ethiopia’s modern democracy.
While wishing the Prime Minister a successful tenure in office, the President said he looked forward to more fruitful and robust engagements between the two countries.
The Presidents of Uganda, South Sudan, Djibouti, Senegal, Kenya, Somalia and the Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo attended the event.
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
October 4, 2021