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Blinken Discusses US Cooperation With Tinubu Ahead Of May 29 Inauguration

Nigeria’s President-Elect spoke on his period of asylum in the US during the regime of former military head, Sani Abacha.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken gives opening remarks as he meets with local labor leaders the IBEW Local #5 for a roundtable, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Rebecca Droke, Pool)

Anthony Blinken, the secretary of state for the United States, called Nigeria’s President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu to discuss matters of mutual interest before the next president of Nigeria takes office on May 29.

Blinken contacted the incoming President-elect on Tuesday to discuss matters of interest, according to a statement by US State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller.

The Secretary emphasized that the cooperation between the United States and Nigeria was established on the basis of common interests and solid inter-ethnic connections, and that relationship should only get stronger under President-elect Tinubu’s leadership.

The secretary emphasized that common objectives and solid inter-ethnic relationships were the foundation of the U.S.-Nigeria cooperation, which should continue to grow under President-elect Tinubu’s leadership.

He also spoke with the president-elect on the significance of inclusive leadership that includes all Nigerians, ongoing comprehensive security cooperation, and reforms to foster economic growth.

In order to strengthen the nation’s democratic institutions and assist the poor and disadvantaged, Tinubu promised to work to implement institutional changes and development programs.

He also mentioned leaving for exile in the US while the former head of state Sani Abacha was in power.

Anthony shared this in the statement saying, “During the talks, which lasted about 20 minutes, President-elect Tinubu spoke about his long and eventful sojourn in America, recalling how he was granted asylum by the US when he was forced into exile by the late General Sani Abacha’s military junta because of his steadfast struggle for democracy in Nigeria.

“A democratic and peaceful Nigeria is essential to the US as it is to Africa”, the US secretary of state said, adding that his country will help bring about a lasting and cordial partnership between the two countries.

Glamour Adah