African leaders are sending congratulatory messages to the new President of Burundi Evariste Ndayishimiye who was sworn into office on Thursday.
Mr. Buhari also felicitated with the Government and people of Burundi on the historic peaceful transition to a democratically elected government, after the sudden demise of President Pierre Nkurunziza.
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With a resounding victory at the polls, the Nigerian leader said he believes that President Ndayishimiye, who had served as Secretary-General of the ruling CNDD-FDD party, and played an active role in guiding the country on the path of peace and development, has what it takes to consolidate democracy in the east African country.
President Buhari said he looks forward to working with the new Burundian leader and his government to strengthen the warm relationship between the two countries.
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa who is also the Chairperson of the African Union, earlier on Thursday congratulated the President of Burundi, Major General Evariste Ndayishimiye on his election and inauguration as President of Burundi.
Major General Evariste Ndayishimiye was sworn into office today.
President Ramaphosa recalled the long history of excellent relations between South Africa and Burundi which grew stronger from the Arusha dialogue process that led to the end of the conflict in Burundi, and ushered in a new dispensation towards reconciliation, security and development. The election of President Evariste Ndayishimiye will contribute to the strengthening of peaceful and sustainable development of Burundi and progressive bilateral relations with South Africa.
The President reaffirmed solidarity of the African Union with the people of Burundi and expressed its willingness to work with the new President to enhance cooperation between the AU and Burundi in its legitimate quest for peace, security, stability, democracy and prosperity’.
President Ramaphosa looks forward to working with President Evariste Ndayishimiye as he leads the people of Burundi to a better life.