Senegal’s President-Elect Redefines African Political Landscape, Says Former Nigerian Lawmaker

Former Nigerian lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani, has hailed the President-elect of Senegal, Bassirou Diomaye Faye, for revolutionizing the political landscape across the African continent.

In a statement released via his X handle on Thursday, Sani commended Faye’s victory, emphasizing its significance in reshaping the dynamics of African politics.

Faye, a 44-year-old member of the banned African Patriots of Senegal for Work, Ethics, and Fraternity (PASTEF), secured the presidential election triumphantly as part of an opposition coalition’s populist movement. His win marks a notable shift in power from the incumbent President Macky Sall.

Scheduled to assume office on April 2nd, Faye’s ascension to the presidency symbolizes a departure from traditional political structures in Senegal.

Reflecting on Faye’s rise to power, Sani drew parallels to the broader narrative of identity and opportunity, citing the example of football star Mbappe’s choice between Cameroon and France. Sani remarked, “When Mbappe requested to play for Cameroon, they demanded money from him & then France gave him the opportunity to play for France. If he chooses to identify himself as French & not Cameroonian, he is right.”

Sani further underscored the significance of genuine camaraderie, asserting, “Those who were with you in your moment of trials or need are your true friends.”

In a striking observation, Sani highlighted Faye’s presidency as a transformative force, stating, “The new President of Senegal has changed the rule; behind every successful man there are two women.”

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