Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, Umaro Sissoco Embaló has said that actions taken so far by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, barely a month in the saddle, have given hope to the rapid development of Nigeria and Africa.
“Everyone in the international community has been commending the giant strides of the Nigerian leader,” Embaló, who is the President of the Republic of Guinea Bissau, was quoted as having said when he paid a private visit on Tinubu at his Ikoyi, Lagos residence today, July 1.
According to Dele Alake, the Special Adviser to President Tinubu on Special Duties, Communications and Strategy, while speaking to newsmen, the ECOWAS leader acknowledged that President Tinubu is fully in the know that Nigeria is being looked upon for leadership for the continent.
He said that the visiting leader expressed his solidarity and willingness to cooperate with Nigeria.
“President Embalo commended the laudable policy initiatives of President Tinubu in the last one month
“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.”
The Bissau-Guinean leader was accompanied by his Special Adviser Caramo Camara, Chief of Staff, Califa Soares and Diplomatic Advisor, Ambassador Alfredo Cabral as well as his 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.