Buhari commiserates with Algerian President over death of Bouteflika

Veteran of Algeria’s war for independence ruled the North African country for two decades before his resignation in April 2019. Algeria's Bouteflika was forced to resign in 2019 after weeks of protests against his decision to run for a fifth term despite his failing health [File: Ramzi Boudina/Reuters]

President Muhammadu Buhari has extended heartfelt condolences to President Abdelmadjid Tebboune of Algeria on the death of the country’s former President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President, on behalf of the government of Nigeria, also commiserated with the family of the former President and the Algerian people as they mourned the loss of the remarkable leader who ruled the country for 20 years.

President Buhari daid he believed that Bouteflika, as a veteran in the civil war that led to Algeria’s independence, Foreign Minister, President of the United Nations General Assembly during the 1974–1975 sessions and political leader, made significant contributions to the development of his country.

On the African front, the Nigerian leader noted that Bouteflika was a true Pan-Africanist and his legacy of securing the Algiers Peace Treaty between Eritrea and Ethiopia and supporting peace efforts in the Africa Great Lakes region would not be forgotten.

The President prayed for the peaceful repose of the soul of the departed and comfort for the Algerian people in their period of grief.

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