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Buhari congratulates President Marc Kabore of Burkina Faso on his re-election

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated President Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso on his re-election for a five-year second term in office.

In a reaction welcoming the victory in Abuja on Friday, President Buhari said he is pleased with the peaceful election process that saw to Marc Kabore’s victory.

Kabore won 58% of the vote to remain as President of Burkina Faso, according to the National Independent Electoral Commission

Kabore who was first elected President of the West African nation in 2015, defeated 12 opponents in the first round, receiving 1.6 million out of 3 million votes cast.

The victory removes the need for a runoff ballot in the election which was adjudged to be peaceful.

“I am pleased with the peaceful outcome of the election in which the voters of Burkina Faso renewed your mandate for another five years in office.”

According to the Nigerian leader, “winning a second term is a vote of confidence, but it also brings bigger challenges for leaders to work even harder to make life better for their citizens.”

The President also advised the re-elected Burkinabe leader to put partisanship aside and work for all Burkinabes, regardless of who voted for or against him, saying that “at this point, you’re no longer the leader of your party but the leader of Burkina Faso.”

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