Niger Republic among Nigeria’s best friends: Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari says the Niger Republic is among Nigeria’s “best friends” in a congratulatory message to its president Mohammed Bazoum on the country’s independence anniversary.
Niger marks its independence from colonial powers on August 3.
In a statement by his media aide, Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Tuesday, Mr Buhari described the Niger Republic as “one of Nigeria’s best friends in Africa.”
According to him, the French-speaking country “has always demonstrated tremendous goodwill towards Nigeria.”
“Despite the artificial division of Africa, the people of Niger share (a) cultural affinity with Nigerians,” noted Mr Buhari.
In March, a retired army colonel, Tony Nyiam, claimed Mr Buhari publicly opened up that he is from the Niger Republic, a landlocked country in West Africa.
Mr Nyiam said this in a recent interview with Arise TV. A snippet of the interview was shared on social media. The retired military officer, now a human rights activist, maintained that Mr Buhari, who he admires, was his boss.
He also revealed that the president declared that most of his family members are Nigeriens even though “he owes allegiance to Nigeria.”
“The colonial identity of the people of Niger Republic has never affected the spirit of mutual respect and brotherliness with their Nigerian neighbours.”
The Nigerian leader described Bazoum as “a great Africanist who has demonstrated statesmanship since his election in April this year.”
“As you celebrate your independence today, I send hearty best wishes on behalf of the government and the people of Nigeria,” Mr Buhari told Bazoum.
More from Peoples Gazette
The Presidential Steering Committee(PSC) on COVID-19 has banned over 2,000 Nigerians and foreigners from travelling abroad and into the country.
A U.S. court has jailed three bank robbers Antonio Johnson 44, Travis Jackson 37, and Shalundra Johnson, for kidnapping and multiple bank robberies.
Emmanuel, Shine Ya Eye housemate of the TV reality show, Big Brother Naija, has emerged head of house for the final week.
The APC candidate in the forthcoming Anambra governorship election, Andy Uba, has called on Governor Willie Obiano and the SSS to stop political killings.
Kidnapped since June 17, over 80 abducted Kebbi students remain in captivity for 90 days and counting.
The accused is said to have taught North Korean officials to evade U.S. sanctions by trading cryptocurrency.