President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday congratulated Mr. Peter Mutharika and Mr. Abdulfattah Al-Sisi on their victories in the presidential elections in Malawi and Egypt respectively.
He praised Mutharika’s statesman-like extension of hands of fellowship to his predecessor and other leaders of the Malawian opposition after his election.
Jonathan called on all Malawians to set aside their political differences and work in harmony with their new leader for peace, political stability and national development. This congratulatory message was contained in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati.
According to the statement, “President Jonathan fully expects that the cordial and mutually-beneficial relations between Nigeria and Malawi which blossomed in recent years, will continue to grow under President Mutharika’s leadership.
“He looks forward to working with the new Malawian President to strengthen and expand areas of bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and Malawi.” Also in the statement congratulating Al-Sisi, Jonathan said: “As Mr. Al-Sisi prepares for his formal inauguration as President of Egypt, President Jonathan urges him to fully dedicate himself to ending years of political turmoil in Egypt by working diligently for national reconciliation, peace, political stability and socio-economic development in the country.
“President Jonathan assures Mr. Al-Sisi of the support and cooperation of the Federal Government of Nigeria and looks forward to working with him to maintain and enhance the excellent bilateral relations, which have long existed between Nigeria and Egypt.
“President Jonathan further calls on the good people of Egypt to see the present moment as a new beginning for their country, and come together to work with other African countries to move the continent forward.
“He wishes Mr. Al-Sisi continued good health and a successful tenure as President of Egypt” the statement stressed.
Caption: Permanent Secretary, UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Mr. Mark Lowcock