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COVID-19: Ex-Vice President, Namadi Sambo Appeared To Snub Buhari’s Offered Handshake!



Former Vice President, Architect Namadi Sambo was captured on camera in a stunning moment that appeared like he ignored President Muhammadu Buhari’s attempt at a handshake amid second wave, new COVID-19 variant.

A photograph of Buhari and Sambo meeting at the Presidential villa, indicates Buhari had offered the former vice president a handshake but he refused the gesture with a bow.

BIGPEN understands the former Vice President and leader of the ECOWAS Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) to Niger Republic, was at the State House, Abuja to brief President Buhari on the outcome of the Niger’s Presidential election.



Buhari, during the visit showered praises on the outgoing President of Niger Republic, Mahamadou Issoufou and the citizens of the country for the peaceful and successful conduct of the presidential and parliamentary elections on December 27.

He spoke while having audience with Sambo, who was appointed to oversee the elections.

President Buhari said President Issoufou deserved to be congratulated on how he organised and conducted the elections.


Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President, (Media & Publicity), quoted President Buhari as saying; “I have been very, very impressed by what I have been seeing and hearing. I will call to congratulate him. Issoufou is going home with honour and grace. All is well that ends well,” he said.

While noting the smooth and peaceful conduct of the elections in Niger Republic, the President, however, expressed regrets over reported incidents of violence in some other countries in the sub-region.

According to him, “Seeing how bloody it has been in some other countries, Issoufou must be congratulated on working out this so well so that he will hand over and go quietly.”

President Buhari also praised the work of the ECOWAS Mission to Niger Republic under Architect Sambo, describing it as very impressive.


In his remarks, the former Vice-President described the elections as “successful, free and fair. The elections went well. No incident had created an alarm,” while expressing the hope that this peaceful conduct will continue.

He also conveyed to President Buhari the gratitude of members of the Mission for the support given by Nigeria, and the deep appreciation of the government and people of Niger Republic for Nigeria’s continuous cooperation, support and encouragement.


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