Emerging democracies have a lot to learn from Nigeria – Envoy

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Palestinian Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Montaser Abuzaid, has said that other emerging democracies such Palestine have a lot to learn from Nigeria’s political experience, particularly with respect to March 28 polls.

Dr Abuzaid, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that Palestine was impressed by Nigeria’s progress in its efforts to build a lasting democracy.

He commended Nigeria on the peaceful conduct of the 2015 presidential and National Assembly elections.

Retired Gen. Muhammadu Buhari of leading opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), defeated incumbent president and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Goodluck Jonathan in the election.

Abuzaid commended Jonathan for conceding defeat to retired Buhari to save Nigeria from looming post-election crisis.

He said though there were some hitches in the conduct of the elections in some states, Nigeria should learn from the positives of the exercise rather than dwell on the negatives.

Abuzaid called on the incoming government to ensure that Nigerians enjoyed sustainable democracy.

He said Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas had already sent congratulatory message to the president- elect, adding that Palestine remained committed to building stronger political, economic and social ties with Nigeria.

Nigerians on March 28 went to polls to elect a new president and members of the National Assembly.

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