Tinubu’s Visit To Ukraine: Strengthening Diplomatic Relations
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News - April 20, 2023

Tinubu’s Visit To Ukraine: Strengthening Diplomatic Relations

President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy has invited Nigeria’s President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu to pay an official visit to Ukraine. The invitation was contained in a statement signed by Tinubu’s media aide, Tunde Rahman.

The statement reads in part, “Taking this opportunity, I invite you to pay an official visit to Ukraine at a time convenient for you. I am confident that your visit will strengthen the dialogue between our countries and contribute to the further consolidation of joint efforts of the international community aimed at solving the urgent challenges of today, in particular the crisis situation caused by Russia regarding the guarantee of world food security.”

Rahman also revealed that Ukraine’s president congratulated Tinubu who polled 8,794,726 votes to win the presidential election against Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP).

Ukraine determine to strengthen cooperation with Nigeria

Quoting Zelensky, he wrote, “Despite extremely difficult testing times, caused by the full-scale armed aggression of Russia against our State, Ukraine is determined to further strengthen cooperation with Nigeria at the bilateral level and within the framework of international organizations.”

Zelensky appreciated Nigeria for supporting the “Resolution of the General Assembly of the United Nations Organization “Principles of the UN Charter underlying a comprehensive, just and sustainable peace in Ukraine.” 

He said, “I count on the active participation of Nigeria in its practical implementation. We see the further provision of global food security, of which Ukraine was and remains a reliable guarantor at the global level, as an important direction of cooperation. The fulfilment of this task will be facilitated by the successful implementation of the Ukrainian initiative “Grain from Ukraine.” 

Ukraine’s president further explained that the initiative is designed to significantly increase the supply of grain to African countries in order to prevent famine.

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