President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed appreciation for the important role the United States played in the success of Nigeria’s 2015 general election.

A statement issued here Tuesday by Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, quoted Buhari as saying this when he received the outgoing US Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, at the State House Abuja.

The president noted that Washington’s insistence on free, fair and violence-free elections largely contributed to the deepening of democracy in Nigeria. “The US support before, during and after the 2015 elections was vital to Nigeria’s stability and I will never forget the role they played in the stability of Nigeria.

“We were lucky to have had an INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission) Chairman who was competent and courageous. Mr Ambassador, you occupied a position at a very strategic time in Nigeria’s history and I hope our historians will record this because it meant so much for our stability. I hope you write a book on your experience in Nigeria. The commitment of the US in supporting Nigeria has been unprecedented,” the president said.

He also thanked the Americans for their military, intelligence and humanitarian support to Nigeria on the ongoing fight against the Boko Haram insurgents in the country. He said Nigeria also valued the US contributions to promoting regional peace and stability through the instrumentality of the Group of 7 (G7) most developed economies.

Buhari also received the outgoing High Commissioner of Canada to Nigeria, Perry Calderwood and commended Canada’s humanitarian assistance to Nigerians displaced by the insurgency in the northeast and its commitment to polio eradication in Nigeria.

Source: Nam News Network