President Xi Jinping congratulates Buhari on re-election as Nigerian president

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Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent a congratulatory message to Muhammadu Buhari on his re-election as Nigerian president.

In the message dated March 1, Xi said he attaches great importance to the development of China-Nigeria relations and would like to work with Buhari to continuously lift Sino-Nigerian strategic partnership to higher levels by implementing the outcomes of the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, so as to better benefit the two countries and their people.

Buhari, candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress political party, won the presidential election last week with 55.6 percent of the votes.

The 76-year-old faced stiff competition from a former vice president Atiku Abubakar, but in the end, he won with a huge margin as the latter garnered 41 percent of the votes.

Buhari won in 19 states, including the two most populous, Lagos and Kano, while Abubakar recorded victory in 17.

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