Lagos - U.S Vice-President Joe Biden on Tuesday commended President Goodluck Jonathan’s acceptance of the elections results and show of statesmanship by congratulating the President-elect, retired Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.
A statement issued by the U.S Diplomatic Mission in Nigeria stated that Biden spoke with Jonathan in a telephone conversation from Washington D.C.
"Vice-President Joe Biden spoke today with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, to commend him for his leadership in ensuring Nigeria’s recent elections were peaceful and orderly.
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"The vice president noted that President Jonathan’s actions to accept the results and congratulate president-elect Buhari, has strengthened Nigeria’s democracy,’’ it stated.
The statement stated that Jonathan had by his action set a strong example for Africa and the world.
It also commended the president’s steps to ensure a successful transition.
"The vice president encouraged President Jonathan to remain engaged and play a leadership role in global issues after his presidency ends,’’ the statement stated.