President-elect Bola Tinubu commits to unifying the country and strengthening relations with the United States upon assuming office on May 29. In a phone call with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Tinubu emphasized his immediate focus on implementing institutional reforms, development programs, and addressing the needs of impoverished Nigerians to deepen democratic institutions.
President-elect Bola Tinubu, as conveyed by spokesperson Tunde Rahman, expressed his determination to strengthen Nigeria’s democracy and serve the people faithfully. During a 20-minute conversation with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Tinubu shared his experiences in the United States, including his studies and receiving asylum due to his advocacy for democracy in Nigeria during General Sani Abacha’s military regime. Tinubu firmly believed that the election results reflected the will of the Nigerian people. He emphasized his commitment to unifying the country and ensuring the happiness of Nigerians through democratic governance. Tinubu highlighted the importance of national unity, security, economic development, and good governance for Nigeria’s progress and urged the US to support Nigeria in these areas, considering its significant role in Africa. Secretary Blinken assured Tinubu of a good and mutually beneficial relationship between Nigeria and the US, stressing the importance of a democratic and peaceful Nigeria for both the United States and Africa.[logo-slider]