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Tony Blair congratulates Buhari, hails Jonathan

By Abiodun Alade, @biodunpen

Former Prime Minister and UK envoy to the Middle East, Tony Blair, has congratulated the president-elect of Nigeria, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd) on his victory at the presidential poll. He also hailed incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan for conceding defeat.

From Left; Gov Amosun of Ogun State, Gen Buhari, Mr. Blair and Sen. Saraki in London.
FILE PHOTO: From Left; Gov Amosun of Ogun State, Gen Buhari, Mr. Blair and Sen. Saraki in London.

Mr. Blair also applauded “Nigeria’s strength and resilience as a country” in a statement by Rianne Buter, the Senior Media Manager, office of Tony Blair, made available to our reporter.

The statement reads:

“I congratulate Muhammadu Buhari warmly on his election victory. I welcome wholeheartedly the statement from President Jonathan conceding the result.

“I also applaud the Nigerian people. It is an extraordinary sign of Nigeria’s strength and resilience as a country that there has been this election with its outcome accepted so clearly despite all the challenges Nigeria faces.

“It gives all of us who care about Nigeria great optimism and confidence in its future. “


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