15th August, 2022
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the President-elect of Kenya, William Ruto, on his victory in the country’s presidential election.
Kenya held its General Elections on August 9, 2022. Ruto was declared winner of the election on Monday August 15.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairman Wafula Chebukati said Ruto had won almost 7.18 million votes (50.49 percent) against 6.94 million (48.85 percent) for his rival Raila Odinga in the August 9 vote.
Buhari, in a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, said commended the people of Kenya for the peaceful and transparent outcome of the elections, which once again demonstrated that the democratic process, values and principles remain the best way for the people to select their leaders and hold them accountable.
He said Nigeria valued Kenya as a strategic partner in the fight against terrorism and violence extremism, buoyed by a long history of friendship, economic and trade ties, and effective collaboration through international organisations such as the African Union, the United Nations and the Commonwealth.
While wishing Deputy President Ruto a successful inauguration and tenure in office, the President looked forward to more fruitful and robust engagements between the two countries on shared priorities such as enhancing peace and security on the continent, democracy, and greater economic prosperity and social development.
The Nigerian leader also saluted President Uhuru Kenyatta for his statesmanship and exemplary leadership to the people of Kenya in the past nine years and the profound legacies of his administration on infrastructure, education, healthcare reforms and tourism as well as strong influence and support on regional security.