President Paul Kagame has joined more than 50 world leaders to witness the inaugural ceremony of Nigeria’s President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari.
President Buhari 72, won elections in March this year becoming the first Nigerian candidate to unseat an incumbent in the country’s history since independence in 1960.
Other big personalities excepted at the ceremony include US Secretary of State, John Kelly, French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius, and South Africa’s President, Jacon Zuma.
President Buhari, a retired General, won elections, beating former President Goodluck Johnathan.
In his inaugural speech, President Buhari, vowed to continue spearheading Nigeria’s economy.
According to African Development Bank, Nigeria leads African economy with a GDP worth $521.8 billion, followed by South Africa ($350.6 billion). Egypt is 3rd, with $272 billion.
Meanwhile, Rwanda and Nigeria enjoy strong bilateral ties, including military cooperation.
Rwanda Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen. Patrick Nyamvumba, is a graduate of the Nigeria Defence Academy.
In 2009, he replaced Nigeria’s Gen. Martin Luther Agwai as force commander of the UN-AU Mission in Darfur, Sudan where the two countries are the biggest troops’ contributors.
Nigerian military officers have also been conducting military study tours in Rwanda. Last year, former Nigerian President Goodluck Johnathan visited Rwanda and held bilateral talks with President Kagame.