Nigeria’s President, Mohammadu Buhari has congratulated Donald Trump on his victory as the newly elected President of the United States of America.
Trump claimed the number one seat in after edging Hillary Clinton in a keenly contested election which results were announced on Wednesday morning.
Buhari in his statement shared via twitter said the government and the people of Nigeria congratulates him and looks forward to more strengthened relations between both countries.
The statement reads, ‘On behalf of the Govt and people of Nigeria, I congratulate President-elect @realDonaldTrump on his victory in the US presidential election.
‘I look forward to working together with President-elect Trump to build on and strengthen relations between Nigeria & the USA.’
Nigeria and the United States have long been close allies. The United States is Nigeria’s greatest trading partner and is undeniably its most important diplomatic partner.
It is yet to be seen what the American government under the leadership of Donald Trump will look like in terms of bi-lateral relations, but he has made his stance on certain issues know during his campaign. Trump’s platform included renegotiation of U.S.–China trade deals, opposition to particular trade agreements such as NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, stronger enforcement of immigration laws together with building a wall along the U.S.–Mexico border, reform of veterans’ care, repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, and tax cuts. Following the November 2015 Paris attacks, Trump called for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration to the United States, later stating that the ban would focus instead on countries with a proven history of terrorism, until the screening for potential terrorists is improved.