The President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari has bagged Grand Croix Des Ordre National Du Niger, the highest national award of Niger Republic.
The Award was presented to Buhari by the outgoing leader of the country, Mahamadou Issoufou.
The gesture was part of the events when President Buhari hosted Issoufou at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday. Referring to Issoufou as an illustrious leader, Buhari hailed Issoufou for the successful completion of his second tenure and winning the prestigious 2020 Mo Ibrahim prize for Achievement in African Leadership.
Nigeria’s number one citizen also showered encomiums on Issoufou for upholding democracy, improving the nation’s economy, and fostering a stronger bond between both neighbouring nations.
Femi Adesina, a presidential media aide, quoted President Buhari as saying: “I also congratulate the good people of Niger for the successful conduct of a free, fair and credible election.
“The achievements during your tenure as President have been widely acclaimed including through your recent award of the Mo Ibrahim Prize. “You have earned the respect and affection of your people at home and your brethren across the border in Nigeria.”