Ahead of the inauguration of the new administration on May 29, Kenyan President William Ruto has dispatched a special envoy to Nigeria's President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to discuss areas of common interest between the two countries.
Ruto promised to work with Tinubu to strengthen the long-standing connection between Kenya and Nigeria in a letter he signed.
He congratulated Tinubu on his election victory and offered his hand of friendship to the incoming Nigerian leader in a letter.
The letter was given to the President-elect by Kenya's ambassador, Felix K. Koskei, who is also chief of staff and Head of Public Service of Kenya.
Koskei informed Tinubu that Ruto wished to collaborate with the new Nigerian leader in "bringing Africa together and strengthening the continent through cooperation and sharing of experiences."
Ruto stated in the letter: “On behalf of the Government and People of the Republic of Kenya, and my behalf, I convey greetings and congratulations to you on your victory, and to the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for their fortitude and maturity in ensuring the successful conduct of the 2023 general elections.
“I wish to applaud the close friendship which exists between our two countries.
"Kenya and Nigeria share values and aspirations in various sectors including political, socio-economic, cultural, and diplomatic exchange and indeed hold commonality of views on many continental and international issues.
“I look forward to working with you to champion the cause of our continent, and to strengthen further the historical bonds and friendship that happily exist between our two countries and the people.”
Tinubu responded by expressing his intention to collaborate with Kenya's president and other African leaders on subjects of common interest.
“I intend to maintain that long, cordial relationship between our two countries and continue to pursue the aspiration of our forefathers towards building a stronger and more economically stable Africa,” he told the special envoy.
In keeping with his vision for the Nigerian people, the president-elect promised to collaborate with Kenya on economic growth, development, and combating insecurity.
“If we exchange ideas and inter-relate, it will help our continent. Economic opportunities would be explored for Africa’s growth and security,” he said.
To further explore areas of mutual interest for the benefit of the two nations and the continent, Tinubu offered to visit the East African nation later.
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