Osinbajo Congratulates New President of Somalia


By Tobi Soniyi in Abuja

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has congratulated Mohammed Abdullahi Farmajo, on his election as President of the Federal Republic of Somalia.

Osinbajo, in a statement by his spokesman, Mr. Laolu Akande, also congratulated the people of Somalia on the successful conclusion of their electoral process, which he described as an important step in consolidating democracy and fully restoring law and order in the country.

 Osinbajo said Nigeria remained committed to supporting the peace, security, stability and development in Somalia.

He also said he  looked  forward to working with President Farmajo on other key areas of shared interests and mutual concerns such as the fight against terrorism and security-sector reforms.

The acting president notes the successful efforts of the Somali security forces and the African Union Mission in Somali (AMISON) and their invaluable role in ensuring a safe and secure environment during the electoral process.

According to him, this successful election is a landmark achievement for the people of Somalia in particular and Africans in general.

 Osinbajo said: “Our continent is marching forward with democracy across all of its frontiers. This is a goal that we share with the people of Somalia.”

He wished the new government a successful tenure that would usher in long-lasting stability and prosperity for the Somali people.