2023 Elections: ‘I’m Happy For Nigeria,’ Says Outgoing Rwandan High Commissioner

He paid Buhari a visit at the State House, Abuja, on the occasion of the completion of his diplomatic mission.


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The 2023 elections have been described as one of the most keenly-contested in Nigeria’s history.

 

The outgoing Rwandan High Commissioner, Stanislas Kamanzi, says he is happy for Nigeria for the way the elections went, according to the Presidency.

Kamanzi described the “successful completion” of the 2023 elections as an affirmation of the ability of African nations to “handle their destiny” in a peaceful way.

He also congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari for being at the helm, saying “I am happy for Nigeria,” a statement Saturday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said.

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The statement also disclosed that Kamanzi paid Buhari a visit at the State House, Abuja, on the occasion of the completion of his diplomatic mission.

He was quoted as saying he is going back to his country with a high sense of fulfillment after his eight-year tenure, “having registered assurances that Nigeria is a friendly country” and in the full expectation that his successor will build on his work here.

Buhari congratulated the outgoing diplomat on what was described as his very successful tour of duty, while speaking on about a range of issues and the “substantial progress” made in the Nigeria-Rwanda relationship over the past eight years.

See the full statement below:

STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE
OUTGOING HIGH COMMISSIONER OF RWANDA SAYS NIGERIAN ELECTION REASSURES AFRICA
Outgoing Rwandan High Commissioner says the successful completion of the 2023 elections by Nigeria is an affirmation of the fact that African nations can handle their destiny in a very peaceful way, adding, “I am happy for Nigeria.”

The High Commissioner, Stanislas Kamanzi, who called on the President in State House, Abuja, on the occasion of the completion of his diplomatic mission said he is happy for Nigeria for the way the elections went, at the same time congratulating President Muhammadu Buhari for being at the helm.

He said he is going back to his country with a high sense of fulfillment after his eight-year tenure, “having registered assurances that Nigeria is a friendly country” and in the full expectation that his successor will build on his work here.

President Buhari congratulated the outgoing diplomat on his very successful tour of duty and spoke about a range of issues and the substantial progress made in the Nigeria-Rwanda relationship over the past eight years.

The President and the High Commissioner discussed bilateral accomplishments in the area of aviation, with Rwanda Airline operating eight weekly flights to Lagos and five to Abuja and the progress towards a Nigeria-Rwanda Joint Commission which has been signed and soon to be inaugurated.

President Buhari noted the uncommon coincidence of the High Commissioner and himself coming in eight years ago and leaving at about the same time.

“You saw us come in and you are about to see us leaving. When we came, the Northeast was a big problem. The lake Chad was much affected by climate change and the neighboring regions were experiencing a turbulence,” he said, adding that he was pleased with the progress made in normalizing the situation in the area especially at this time when, according to him, “there is a very active governor” in Borno State.

The outgoing High Commissioner thanked Nigerian government officials for creating a true spirit of mutual cooperation, without any artificial barriers that enabled him to make a success of his duty tour in Nigeria.

Garba Shehu

Senior Special Assistant to the President

(Media & Publicity)

April 8, 2023