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Buhari Congratulates First Female Tanzanian President, Hassan



President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the President of Tanzania, Samia Hassan, for making history as the first female president of the country.

Naija News reports that Hassan’s emergence comes after the death of President John Magufuli, which occurred on Wednesday.

In a statement on Friday in Abuja by Presidential Spokesperson, Garba Shehu, President Buhari urged Hassan to unite the country.

Buhari, however, expressed his desire to work with the new Tanzanian President to advance issues of common African and global interests.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated newly appointed Tanzanian President, Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan as she takes her place as the country’s Head of State following the sudden demise of President John Magufuli,” the statement reads.

“In a message to the first ever female president of the country, President Buhari urged President Suluhu to unite the nation and lead the country in a good direction.

“The President expressed his desire to work with the new Tanzanian President to advance issues of common African and global interests.”

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (retd.), has said drug abuse in Nigeria is more prevalent in the South West and South-South region.

Marwa made this known during the inauguration of a rehabilitation centre for drug addicts in Ogbomoso, Oyo State on Friday.

He noted that the rate of drug abuse in the South-West had been found to be 22.4 percent, with the South-South and South-East following with 16.6 and 13.8 percent, respectively

The NDLEA boss added that the North-East has 13.6 percent cases of drug abuse, while the North-West and North-Central have 12 and 10 percent cases of drug abuse.

According to the former Military Administrator of Lagos State, Criminal activities such as insurgency, banditry, and kidnapping would continue to thrive until the issue of drug abuse is dealt with.

Marwa noted that drug challenge does not discriminate between Christians and Muslims, adding that the challenge of drug abuse in Nigeria can be solved.