President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with the President of Niger Republic, Mohammed Bazoum, on the country’s Independence Day.

A statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Mallam Garba Shehu said the President describes Niger Republic as one of Nigeria’s best friends in Africa and that the French speaking country has always demonstrated tremendous goodwill towards Nigeria.

President Buhari noted that, despite the artificial division of Africa, the people of Niger share cultural affinity with Nigerians, adding that the colonial identity of the people of Niger Republic has never affected the spirit of mutual respect and brotherliness with their Nigerian neighbours.

He described President Bazoum as a great Africanist who has demonstrated statesmanship since his election in April this year.

Bello Wakili