President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday called for peace and stability in Ethiopia as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is sworn in for a second term.
In his goodwill message at the inauguration ceremony of Ahmed for a second-five year term in office, Buhari pledged that Nigeria would continue to support the unity and territorial integrity of Ethiopia.
Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, made this known in a statement on Monday.
“We are well aware of the many challenges facing the people of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, and we encourage all parties to come together in the interest of the unity, progress and wellbeing of Ethiopia.
“Your Excellency, you, therefore, have a great opportunity to continue to work for the peace and stability of Ethiopia,” he said.
The President delivered his message in the presence of African leaders and a jubilant crowd of Ethiopians at Meskel Square.
He told the newly inaugurated Prime Minister that Nigeria, like many other countries, was counting on his leadership to unleash the great economic potentials of Ethiopia by expanding investment opportunities, deepening relations and building trust at home and abroad.
Speaking on the elections that brought the 2019 Nobel Peace Laureate back to power, President Buhari said:
“I commend the courage and commitment of the people of Ethiopia to the values and principles of democracy.
“I strongly believe that the outcome of the elections held in June is a reflection of the desire of the Ethiopian people for transformation through a free, fair and credible electoral process.”
While wishing the Prime Minister a successful tenure in office, the President said he looked forward to more fruitful and robust engagements between the two countries.