Presidential candidate of Nigeria's leading opposition All Progressive Congress, Mohammadu Buhari, meets with US Secretary of State at the US Consulate in Lagos January 25, 2015. US Secretary of State John Kerry said today that peaceful and timely el ~ AKINTUNDE AKINLEYE
Abuja - The President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has commended Italy and other members of the European Union (EU) for standing by Nigeria before and during the ongoing elections.
This is contained in statement signed by Malam Garba Shehu, the Director of Media and Publicity at the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation, in Abuja on Thursday.
According to the statement, Buhari was speaking when Italian Ambassador to Nigeria, Fulvio Rustico, delivered a letter of congratulations from the Italian President, Sergio Mattarella.
It quoted Buhari as saying the EU and the U.S. played key roles in the elections.
"I commend the EU nations and the U.S. for playing key roles in the stabilisation of Nigeria in this critically important and challenging period.
"I promise to pay attention to areas that will enhance the existing bilateral relations between the two countries."
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In the statement, the Italian President congratulated Buhari on his victory and commended Nigerians for the peaceful conduct of the elections.
It stated that Italy was prepared to assist Nigeria in managing domestic terrorism, drawing from their own experience with internal terror in the 1970s and 1980s.
Also, it said the Nigerian community in Oman had welcomed Buhari’s victory in the presidential election, describing the outcome as one that had brought happiness to everyone in their community.
In a congratulatory letter to the President-elect, Dr Ben Emenyeonu, Chairman of the Nigerians in Oman, said, "the overwhelming mandate you received through the ballots speaks volumes about the magnitude of the trust Nigerians reposed in you.
"We believe your leadership will mark the beginning of an era in which safety, sanity and probity will make a return to governance and the general way of life in our dear nation."