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Niger President confers highest Republic Award on Buhari

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The President of Niger Republic, Mahamadou Issoufou has conferred the highest national award of Niger Republic, Grand Croix Des Ordre National Du Niger on President Muhammadu Buhari.

President Issoufou disclosed this during his visit on Tuesday in Abuja.

Speaking, Issoufou thanked President Buhari and all Nigerians for the support he received as leader of his country for ten years.

He noted that Nigeria was like a second home to him especially during his time as Chairman of ECOWAS.

He said the highest national award of his country was bestowed on Buhari because of his fraternity, vigour, patriotism and determination to move Africa forward, starting from the West Coast.

On his part, President Buhari congratulated outgoing Issoufou for successful completion of his second tenure.

He also hailed him for winning the prestigious 2020 Mo Ibrahim prize for Achievement in African Leadership, describing him as a worthy African leader.

Buhari said: “Mr. President, let me start by congratulating you on the successful completion of your second term as President of our sister country, the Republic of Niger.

“I also congratulate the good people of Niger for the successful conduct of a free, fair and credible election.

“The achievements during your tenure as President have been widely acclaimed including through your recent award of the Mo Ibrahim Prize.

“You have earned the respect and affection of your people at home and your brethren across the border in Nigeria.”

Buhari recalled that his first visit after winning election in 2015 was to Niger Republic to underscore the value and quality of the relations between both countries.

He continued: “Nigeria-Niger relations are based on a long common border and shared cultural and historical roots.

“Relations between the two countries have, over the years, been very cordial and fraternal. There is a spirit of good neighbourliness between us.

“Nigeria’s borders with Niger have always been largely peaceful.

“There have been no serious border conflicts between the two countries.

“Each country has based its diplomatic relations upon non-interference in the internal affairs of the other.

“It is therefore gratifying to state that Niger has remained one of the most trusted and reliable neighbours of Nigeria,” he added.

President Buhari also noted the cultural similarity between both countries, which include common languages such as Hausa, Kanuri and Fulfude and a common border of one thousand five hundred (1500) kilometres.

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