President Bola Tinubu recognises that Nigeria is being looked upon for leadership, and he is prepared to step up to the challenge, says the Presidency.
Special Adviser to the President on Special Duties, Communications, and Strategy, Dele Alake, made this known to State House Correspondents on Saturday following the visit of President Umaro Sissoco Embaló of the Republic of Guinea Bissau to President Tinubu at his Ikoyi, Lagos residence.
Alake told reporters that while the visit was of a private nature, President Embaló took the opportunity to express his solidarity and willingness to cooperate with Nigeria under the leadership of President Tinubu.
In a statement by the media office of the State House, Alake also highlighted that the visit allowed Embaló, who is currently the Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, to reinforce the fraternal relations between the two countries.
“President Embalo commended the laudable policy initiatives of President Tinubu in the last one month and added that everyone in the international community has been commending the giant strides of the Nigerian leader.
“He came to pay his solidarity and bond with a brother African Head of State, in the first instance, and in particular as a brother Head of State in West Africa.
“This is a very commendable sign of things to come in the entire West African region in terms of the atmosphere being generated by Nigeria’s giant steps in the last one month, and the need for Nigeria to take its rightful place in African affairs.
“Everybody is looking up to Nigeria, especially in Africa and the ECOWAS region and President Tinubu is ready to take up the gauntlet,” he added.
On the entourage of the visiting Bissau-Guinean leader were his Special Adviser Caramo Camara, Chief of Staff, Califa Soares and Diplomatic Advisor, Ambassador Alfredo Cabral and Image Operator, Bonifacio Correia.
The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who had earlier received the visiting President at the Presidential Wing of Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, the Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila, and Dele Alake, were also present during the visit.