President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated his belief in free and fair election as a way of strengthning the country’s democracy.
Buhari said this while receiving the Governor General of Canada, Julie Payette, on Monday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
He revealed that he saw the evolving strength of democracy in the country by contesting for elections three times before winning at the fourth trial in 2015.
“I emphasise free and fair elections at all times,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.
He told the Governor General that Nigeria had been learning from the mistakes of those who practiced democracy for a longer period and by looking inward at its own peculiarities.
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The President said the bilateral relations with Canada would continue to be improved, considering the huge interest of the country in Nigeria and growing economic ties, with many Nigerians schooling and working in the country.
He commended Canada for playing a brotherly role in helping displaced persons in the North East, following the Boko Haram insurgency in the region.
In her remarks, the Governor General said Nigeria and Canada enjoy a warm and strong partnership that has translated into ease of migration, large trade relations, and cultural exchanges.
Payette, who is an astronaut, stressed the importance for nations to pool resources together to start exploring the benefits of space in providing solutions to some problems on earth.