Nigerian presidential candidate of the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari and vice-presidential candidate Yemi Osinbajo attend a campaign rally on January 19, 2015 in Kaduna. Buhari will face President Goodluck Jonathan ~ CHRIS STEIN
Lagos - Belgium has hailed the just-ended elections in Nigeria as marking a historic step forward by demonstrating the maturity of democracy in the West African country.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders, thus congratulated the country for conducting an election that has been widely-accepted internationally.
“The people of Nigeria have been able to choose a successor for the incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan in accordance with the principles laid down in the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance,”
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Reynders said the political parties, candidates, civil society organizations and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had all contributed to a successful and inclusive election process.
“President (Goodluck) Jonathan’s engagement to organize free and fair elections in Nigeria and his acceptance of the results undoubtedly merit the extended hand of fellowship of his successor (Muhammadu) Buhari.
Nigerians of all stripes can now look forward to focusing on the many challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of the country.”
Reynders said Belgium remained committed to strengthening its ties with Nigeria.