Nigeria’s President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, has commended Italy, other members of the European Union (EU), and the United States of America (US) for playing key roles in Nigeria’s elections and stabilizing the country.
According to a statement issued in Abuja, signed by Malam Garba Shehu, the Director of Media and Publicity, APC Presidential Campaign Organisation, obtained on Friday, Buhari made the commendation while receiving a congratulatory letter from the Italian President, Mr Sergio Mattarella.
It said that Buhari stated this while receiving in audience the Italian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Fulvio Rustico, who delivered the Italian President’s message to him in Abuja.
“I commend the EU nations and the U.S. for playing key roles in the stabilisation of Nigeria in this critically important and challenging period.
“I promise to pay attention to areas that will enhance the existing bilateral relations between the two countries,’’ it quoted Buhari as saying.
It further said that mattarella, on his part, promised that Italy was prepared to assist Nigeria in managing domestic terrorism, drawing from their own experience with internal terror in the 1970s and 1980s.
The Italian leader congratulated Buhari on his victory and commended Nigerians for the peaceful conduct of the March 28 Presidential elections in the country.