President Muhammadu Buhari has joined political leaders across the world to congratulate the newly elected President of the United States of America, Donald Trump on his victory at the polls.
The president also pledged to work together with president-elect in order to strengthen the bi-lateral ties between Nigeria and America.
Buhari posted the following message on his official social media handle: “On behalf of the Govt and people of Nigeria, I congratulate President-elect @realDonaldTrump on his victory in the US presidential election.
“I look forward to working together with President-elect Trump to build on and strengthen relations between Nigeria & the USA.”
Meanwhile other world leaders have been sending in congratulatory messages to the would be 45th American president.
Mexican President, Enrique Nieto tweeted his congratulations to Trump in a string of posts saying: “Mexico and the U.S. are friends, partners and allies who should continue working for the competitiveness and the development of North America.”
Turkish President, Recep Tayyip-Erdogan, whose relations with the US had turned sour following the foiled coup attempt in the country earlier in the year, said he hopes Trump’s election marks a new era in the U.S.
Addressing a business group in Istanbul on Wednesday, Erdogan said: “Personally and on behalf of the nation, I wish to consider this decision by the American people a positive sign and wish them a successful future.”
In italy, Premier Matteo Renzi, a known supporter of Hilary Clinton was quoted as saying: “In the name of Italy, I congratulate the president of the United States and wish him well in his work, convinced that the Italian-American friendship remains strong and solid.”
According to the Chinese state Television, President, Xi Jinping put a telephone call across to Trump when the news of his victory broke.
“I place great importance on the China-U.S. relationship, and look forward to working with you to uphold the principles of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation,” he was quoted as telling the US president-elect.
British Prime Minister, Theresa May, in her message stated: “We are, and will remain strong and close partners on trade, security and defense.”
Russian President Vladmir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared particularly impressed by Trump’s Victory.
Putin said he was ready to work with the incoming president to rebuild the “degraded” relations between the two World Powers.
“(Trump) spoke about resuming and restoring relations with Russia,” Putin said.
“We understand the way to that will be difficult, taking into account the current state of degradation of relations between the US and Russia…. Russia is ready and wants to restore the fully fledged relations with the US.”
Netanyahu on his part said: “President-elect Trump is a true friend of the State of Israel (and) I look forward to working with him to advance security, stability and peace in our region.”
However, President Francois Hollande of France was less optimistic and he did not hide it.
He said Trump’s victory marks the start of “a period of uncertainty. This new context requires that France be strong.
“What is at stake is peace, the fight against terrorism, the Middle East and the preservation of the planet,” he said.
Trump, a political newcomer, pulled off a major upset on Wednesday to defeat former US Secretary of State as well as former first lady, Hilary Clinton.