President Muhammadu Buhari has sent condolence message to the family of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe; the government and people of Japan over what he called the gruesome assassination of the country’s former leader.
Buhari, in a statement issued Friday by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, joined all Japanese in mourning the loss of the country’s longest serving Prime Minister and outstanding leader.
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He assured the family of Abe of the prayers and thoughts of all Nigerians during this difficult time.
President Buhari recalled that Abe would be remembered for his unwavering commitment to strengthening trade and investment between Africa and Japan through various initiatives and partnerships, using the instrumentality of Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD).
The president also said under Abe, Nigeria and Japan enjoyed a strategic partnership, supporting each other’s shared aspirations on economic cooperation, healthcare, human resource development, disaster risk reduction, peace and security.
He prayed that the memory of the Japanese statesman and respected international leader will be a blessing to his nation and people, whom he served so devotedly.