President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Senegal for winning the just concluded AFCON while bidding farewell to the outgoing ambassador Babacar Matar Ndiaye at State House, Abuja on Thursday.
The President asked him to convey Nigeria’s congratulations to President Macky Sall on the Teranga Lions victory at the biennial soccer fiesta.
“I’m sending the congratulations reluctantly because our own country got beaten in the tournament,” the President jocularly told His Excellency, Babacar Matar Ndiaye.
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He lauded him for a successful tour of duty in Nigeria, which lasted almost four years, and observed that “our relationship is very strong. I congratulate your President for keeping the country together. Please extend my best wishes to him”. President Buhari also wished the outgoing ambassador success in his next tour of duty.
Ambassador Ndiaye said Nigeria was like a second home to him, having first served in the consular section of the embassy, before he came back as ambassador for almost four years.
“Thanks for the success of my term. I will always have good memories of Nigeria,” Ambassador Ndiaye said.