​Dogara congratulates Trump …Says International community must respect choice of American people

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has congratulated the American President-Elect, Donald Trump, on his victory at the November 8 presidential poll.
In a statement issued in Abuja by his special adviser on media & public affairs, Turaki Hassan,  on Wednesday, the Speaker expressed hopes that the cordial relationship between Nigeria and the United States of Africa would be maintained under the incoming administration.
The speaker noted that Americans have made their choice and the international community, whatever their preferences, must accept and respect the wishes of the American people.
“The American democratic system has inspired governance in nations across the world, including our system here in Nigeria. Democracy safeguards choice and because of the way in which leaders are chosen, it is also expected to foster understanding. I therefore congratulate President-Elect Donald Trump for being able to secure the required votes and emerged victorious in a keenly contested election.”
“The United States of America has been a priceless ally in Nigeria’s democratic journey, in issues concerning trade, governance and even security. This is something we cherish and we hope that the president-elect will maintain this cordial relationship”, the Speaker said. Commenting further,  Dogara noted :
“The United States has remained a model for values such as freedom, inclusiveness and integration, and we also hope that  Mr. Trump’s quest to make America great again. Will be firmly premised on these values”
The Speaker also hailed Hillary Clinton’s concession call and described the former first lady, senator and secretary of state as a stateswoman who put up a good fight acknowledging that becoming the first woman presidential candidate of a major political party in the United States was in itself no mean achievement which Mrs Clinton has every cause to be eternally proud of.

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