Buhari reacts to death of Bouteflika, consoles Algeria president, Tebboune


President Muhammadu Buhari has extended heartfelt condolences to President Abdelmadjid Tebboune of Algeria, on the death of the country’s former President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Buhari’s condolence was contained in a statement by Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, on Saturday.

On behalf of the government of Nigeria, Buhari also commiserated with the family of Bouteflika and the Algerian people as they mourn the loss of their former president, who ruled Algeria for 20 years.

Buhari believes Bouteflika, a veteran in the civil war that led to Algeria’s independence, President of the United Nations General Assembly during the 1974–1975 session and political leader, made important contributions to the development of his country.

On the African front, Buhari notes that Bouteflika was a true Pan-Africanist, and his legacy of securing the Algiers Peace Treaty between Eritrea and Ethiopia and supporting peace efforts in the Africa Great Lakes region will not be forgotten.

The Nigerian leader prays for the peaceful repose of Bouteflika’s soul and comfort for the Algerian people in their period of grief.

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