President Biden seeks meeting with Nigerian leader Tinubu, US envoy confirms


President Bola Tinubu of Nigeria has been urged by the United States to join hands with African nations to safeguard their democracies against both internal and external anti-democratic forces. This collaborative effort is aimed at enhancing the living standards of the people.

During a meeting held in Abuja on Saturday, President Tinubu discussed this crucial matter with US Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Molly Phee. The Nigerian president was informed that President Joe Biden is eager to meet with him on the sidelines of the upcoming United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). According to sources, Mr. Tinubu is the sole African leader who has received this request from President Biden.

The discussion also centered around the need for comprehensive reforms within American-backed development finance and multilateral institutions. These reforms are deemed necessary to better address the developmental needs of emerging democracies across Africa, particularly in environments marked by authoritarian tendencies. President Tinubu highlighted the importance of such reforms, drawing a parallel with the policies put in place to aid post-World War II Europe.

President Tinubu emphasized the role of the private sector in driving economic growth within a conducive environment, while also urging the US Government to exhibit innovative thinking and provide incentives for increased American industrial investment in Nigeria. He assured that his leadership is committed to addressing regulatory, tax, and environmental concerns, aiming to foster prosperity for all Nigerian families.

Despite ongoing regional challenges, including the crisis in Niger Republic, President Tinubu remains resolute in pursuing his economic reform agenda for the betterment of Nigerians. He also spoke about his approach towards the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in addressing regional issues. President Tinubu asserted the importance of peaceful resolutions and diplomacy, maintaining that while war is not favorable for economic reforms, the defense of democracy remains paramount.

The US Special Presidential Envoy, acknowledging the leadership of President Tinubu as the Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, expressed support for the regional consensus and emphasized the US Administration’s admiration for President Tinubu’s leadership. Furthermore, an exclusive invitation was extended on behalf of President Biden, inviting President Tinubu to a meeting during the UNGA session in New York City. This invitation seeks to foster further discussions on strengthening both the Nigerian and regional economies, reflecting the high regard in which President Tinubu is held by President Biden.

In response, President Tinubu expressed his commitment to fostering an enabling environment for economic growth and development. He noted the significance of the invitation as a testament to the strong partnership between Nigeria and the United States. The meeting between President Biden and President Tinubu is anticipated to provide a platform for discussions aimed at advancing bilateral relations and mutual interests.

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