President Muhammadu Buhari says the peace in Niger Republic must matter to Nigeria, as its peace or otherwise may affect peace in Nigeria.
The president said this Thursday when he received the Presidential villa in Abuja, former Nigerian Vice President, Namadi Sambo, who is ECOWAS Head of Mission on the elections in Niger Republic.
A statement by the presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said the Nigerien outgoing President, Mahamadou Issoufou, and his government, deserve accolades for keeping rigorously to their country’s constitution with respect to run-off polls scheduled for February 21, 2021.
The first round of the elections, which was held on 27 December 2020 produced no clear winner, thus compelling a run-off set for February 21, 2021 as prescribed by the Constitution of the country.
In the first round of election, Mohamed Bazoum, former minister of interior and foreign affairs led with 39.33 per cent of the vote compared to former president Mahamane Ousmane who polled 17 per cent, both scores falling short of the required 50 per cent for outright presidential victory.