Congratulatory Messages Pour In For Trump

Donald Trump,Congratulatory messages are pouring in for Mr Donald Trump after he won the United States presidential election with over 270 votes.

The President of the European Union Commission, Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, was one of the first world leaders to congratulate Mr Trump.

In a statement he released on Twitter, Mr Juncker expressed hopes that the EU and the US would strengthen relations through close cooperation.

The statement read: “The strategic partnership between the European Union and the United States is rooted in our shared values of freedom, human rights, democracy and a belief in the market economy.

“Over the years, the European Union and the United States have worked together to ensure peace and prosperity for our citizens and for people around the world.

“Today, it is more important than ever to strengthen transatlantic relations. only by cooperating closely can the EU and the US continue to make a difference when dealing with unprecedented challenges such as Da’esh, the threats of Ukraine’s sovereignty and the territorial integrity, climate change and migration.

“Fortunately, the EU-US strategic partnership is broad and deep; from our joint efforts to enhance energy security and address climate change, through EU-US collaboration on facing threats to security in Europe’s Eastern and Southern neighbourhoods and to the negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – we should spare no effort to ensure that the ties that bind us remain strong and durable.

“We should consolidate the bridges we have been building across the Atlantic, Europeans trust that America, whose democratic ideals have always been a deacon of hope around the globe, will continue to invest in its partnership with friends and allies to help make our citizens and the people of the world more secure and more prosperous”.

He also invited Mr trump to visit Europe for an EU-US Summit at his ‘earliest convenience’, saying that the conversation would allow them “chart the course of our relations for the next four years”.

The High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the Vice President of the EU Commission, Federica Mogherini, also reacted to Mr Trump’s victory on Twitter.

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On his part, Nato Chief, Jens Stoltenberg, also expressed hopes that Nato would work with us president-elect in tackling security challenges.

One person that has been described as Trump’s supporter by Mrs Clinton, Mr Vladimir Putin, also sent a congratulatory message to the president-elect.

Mrs Clinton had said that Mr Trump would be Mr Putin’s puppet.

In a telegram to Mr Trump, Russian president congratulated Mr Trump and expressed confidence that Washington and Moscow would deepen relations.

The telegram read: “Mr Putin expressed confidence that building a constructive dialogue between Moscow and Washington, based on the principles of mutual respect and real consideration for each other’s positions, would be in the interest of the people of both countries and the whole world”.

Mr Trump had denied having any relationship with Mr Putin, saying he does not know him.

In Germany, government official said that the result was different from what many had hoped for, but stressed that Germany will accept the outcome.

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, said she would like to continue Germany’s close co-operations with the United States, with democracy, freedom, respect for the rule of law and human rights upheld as ideals.

A local newspaper in Germany reports that there is wide-spread shock and horror in Germany.

Donald Trump, a businessman, became the 45th American president after a race that he had described as tough.

He is the chairman and president of the Trump Organisation, which is the principal holding company for his real estate ventures and other business interests – a position he has said he will vacate prior to his assumption of the presidency.

In his victory speech minutes after he was called by Mrs Clinton to congratulate him and concede, he said he would uphold a united America and reclaim the nation’s destiny when he takes over.

Buhari To Seek More Global Unity Against Terrorism In France, Britain

LaKE CHADPresident Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria will be seeking more global efforts against terrorism during his visit to France and Britain on Wednesday.

At his first stop in Strasbourg, France, President Buhari will on February 3 address a special session of the European Union Parliament to be attended by members of the executive and legislative arms of the Union.

War Against Terrorism

Other issues that President Buhari would focus on in his address are violent extremism, corruption, Nigeria and Africa’s current security, economic and developmental challenges, and the need for greater support from the European Union and advanced nations for their rapid resolution.

A statement by a spokesman for the President, Femi Adesina, said that Buhari would also hold talks with the President of the European Parliament, Mr Martin Schulz and the President of the European Commission, Mr Jean-Claude Juncker on the same issues.

After talks with the EU officials, President Buhari will leave Strasbourg for London to join other world leaders at the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference scheduled to open in the British capital on Thursday, February 4.

The President will use the opportunity of his participation in the conference which is being co-hosted by Britain, Germany, Norway, Kuwait and the United Nations to continue his push for more global understanding, collaboration and support for Nigeria and other countries in the frontlines of the war against terrorism who are striving to overcome its very adverse effects on affected populations.

He is due back in Nigeria at the weekend.

Nigeria is facing acts of terrorism in the north, perpetrated by members of a terrorist group, Boko Haram. The sect is attempting to establish an Islamic State and end Western education in the region.

On Saturday a village in Borno State, Dalori, was attacked, with 85 persons killed and over 60 injured.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Boko Haram sect is suspected to have executed it. The group has carried out similar attacks in the past in the region and some other major cities in the north.