LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the President-elect of Kenya, William Ruto, on his victory in the general elections.
In a statement signed by spokesperson Femi Adesina, the President commended the people of Kenya for the peaceful and transparent outcome of the elections which once again demonstrates that the democratic process, values and principles remain the best way for the people to select their leaders and hold them accountable.
“President Buhari says Nigeria values Kenya as a strategic partner in the fight against terrorism and violence extremism, buoyed by a long history of friendship, economic and trade ties, and effective collaboration through international organisations such as the African Union, the United Nations and the Commonwealth,” the statement addded.
“While wishing Deputy President Ruto a successful inauguration and tenure in office, the President looks forward to more fruitful and robust engagements between the two countries on shared priorities such as enhancing peace and security on the continent, democracy, and greater economic prosperity and social development.
“The Nigerian leader also salutes President Uhuru Kenyatta for his statesmanship and exemplary leadership to the people of Kenya in the past nine years and the profound legacies of his administration on infrastructure, education, healthcare reforms and tourism as well as strong influence and support on regional security.”
William Ruto won the race to be the fifth president of the East African nation, according to results announced by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Ruto led a tight presidential race against opposition leader Raila Odinga.
“It was a narrow margin of victory with Ruto winning a little more than seven million votes and Odinga securing a little less than seven million,” the IEBC chairperson said. Ruto received 50.49 per cent of the vote, while Odinga received 48.85 per cent.