President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday received the Ambassador of Senegal in a farewell audience at State House, Abuja, asking him to convey the congratulations of Nigeria to President Macky Sall on victory of the Teranga Lions at the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

“I’m sending the congratulations reluctantly, because our own country got beaten in the tournament,” the President jocularly told His Excellency, Babacar Matar Ndiaye.

He lauded him for a successful tour of duty in Nigeria, which lasted almost four years, and observed that “our relationship is very strong. I congratulate your President for keeping the country together. Please extend my best wishes to him.”

President Buhari also wished the outgoing Ambassador success in his next tour of duty.

Ambassador Ndiaye said Nigeria was like a second home to him, having first served in the consular section of his Embassy, before he came back as Ambassador for almost four years.

“Thanks for the success of my term. I will always have good memories of Nigeria,” Ambassador Ndiaye said.

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
February 10, 2022