Bola Tinubu, the President-elect has promised to hit the ground running upon his assumption of office on the 29th of May. He also promised to ensure positive relations with the United States.
Tinubu while on a phone conversation with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken gave the assurances. He said that one of his immediate priorities would be to deliver institutional reforms and development programs to deepen democratic institutions and bring help to poor Nigerians.
The incoming president in a statement by spokesperson Tunde Rahman, showed he is determined to strengthen Nigeria’s democracy and faithfully serve the people as their president.
Tinubu spoke about his eventful sojourn in America in the 70s, where he graduated with honours as an accountant in 1979 during the talks that lasted about 20 minutes. He recalled how he was granted asylum by the US at a point when his determined struggle for democracy in Nigeria forced him into exile by the late General Sani Abacha’s military junta.
Tinubu, while affirming the results of the presidential election, expressed his belief that the result which he clearly won, reflected the will of the Nigerian people.
Ahead of his inauguration, he said he would work to unite the country and ensure that Nigerians are happy and enjoy the benefits of democracy and progressive good governance.
Pointing to some need to be addressed societal issues such as national unity, security, economic development and good governance, he said Nigeria would not become a better place to live or play her proper role in the comity of African nations if they are not addressed properly.
Tinubu urged the US to factor in Nigeria’s important place in Africa and provide assistance in the areas of security and economic investment in order for the nation to lead the way and be a shining example to the rest of the continent.
Meanwhile, Secretary Blinken in his remarks assured that Nigeria should expect a good and mutually-beneficial relationship with the US.
He promised to ensure to bring about a sustained and cordial relationship between the two nations to fruition, saying a democratic and peaceful Nigeria is important to the United States as it is to Africa.
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