Tayyip Erdoðan, the Turkish President, has reached out to Bola Tinubu.
Erdoðan joined the list of world leaders congratulating the winner of the February 25 presidential election, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
In his congratulatory letter, Erdoðan described the President-elect as a brother and called for cooperation and partnership that would strengthen the friendly relationship between Turkey and Nigeria.
Erdoðan’s congratulatory and goodwill message came on the heels of similar goodwill messages from President Xi Jinping of China, United Kingdom (UK) Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, President of France, Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu among other global leaders.
In a statement issued yesterday in Abuja, the media aide to the President-elect, Tunde Rahman, said President Erdoðan underscored the importance of Nigeria as the “strongest nation in the African continent” while wishing Tinubu a successful tenure of office that will usher in progress for the people of Nigeria.
Erdoðan message reads: “On behalf of the Turkish Nation and my own, I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to Your Excellency on the occasion of your election as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at the elections held on February 25, 2023.
“I believe that as our strategic partner, Nigeria, under your leadership, will continue its course to a prosperous future. Türkiye attaches great importance to improving its relations with Nigeria, as the strongest nation in the African continent.
“With this understanding, I do not doubt that with our joint efforts, we will develop friendly relations and the growing close cooperation between our countries to the mutual benefit of our people.
“I avail myself of this opportunity to express my heartfelt wishes for the health and happiness of Your Excellency, as well as, the well-being and prosperity of the friendly people of Nigeria.”