Turkish President congratulates President-Elect Tinubu

President of Turkey Tayyip Erdoğan has joined the list of world leaders to congratulate President-Elect Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, increasing the international community’s recognition and acceptability of the February 25 poll. 

Erdoğan’s congratulatory and goodwill message came on the heels of similar messages from President Xi Jinping of China, United Kingdom Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, President of France, Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister of Israel, and Benjamin Netanyahu among other global leaders. 

A statement by the media aide of the President-elect, Tunde Rahman in Abuja on Wednesday said Erdoğan, in his congratulatory letter, described Tinubu as a brother and called for cooperation and partnership that would further the friendly relationship between Turkey and Nigeria.

Erdoğan, in his letter, also underscored the importance of Nigeria as the “strongest nation in the African continent” while wishing Tinubu a successful tenure of office that will usher in progress for the people of Nigeria.

President Erdoğan wrote: “On behalf of the Turkish Nation and my own, I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to Your Excellency on the occasion of your election as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at the elections held on February 25, 2023.

“I believe that as our strategic partner, Nigeria, under your leadership, will continue its course to a prosperous future. Türkiye attaches great importance to improving its relations with Nigeria, as the strongest nation in the African continent. 

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“With this understanding, I do not doubt that with our joint efforts, we will develop friendly relations and the growing close cooperation between our countries to the mutual benefit of our people.

“I avail myself of this opportunity to express my heartfelt wishes for the health and happiness of Your Excellency, as well as, the well-being and prosperity of the friendly people of Nigeria.”