Tinubu Arrives Guinea-Bissau For ECOWAS Summit, Visits Nigerian Troops

…..2023, marks the President’s first international engagement within the continent since assuming office.

By Dele Eniola

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has arrived in Bissau, the capital of Guinea-Bissau, to attend the 63rd Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). This information was shared by Dele Alake, Special Adviser to the President on Special Duties, Communications, and Strategy, in a statement on Saturday evening.

During his visit, President Tinubu also paid a visit to Nigerian troops stationed in Guinea-Bissau. The 63rd Ordinary Session Summit, scheduled to commence on Sunday, July 9, 2023, marks the President’s first international engagement within the continent since assuming office.

The summit will bring together 16 regional leaders who will address various issues of importance to the continent. These include the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), as well as the report on the transition status in the Republics of Mali, Burkina Faso, and Guinea.

Additionally, there will be discussions on the ECOWAS Single Currency Programme and the report on obstacles to the free movement of goods on the Abidjan-Lagos corridor.

During his visit to the Nigerian troops, President Tinubu expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the soldiers and their Commander, General Al-Hassan Grema. He commended their dedication and service to Nigeria and their host country, emphasizing Nigeria’s commitment to supporting democracy in West Africa and globally.

“I am here to show solidarity with you. I want to assure you we are committed to supporting peace and democracy in West Africa and worldwide.
“Nigeria is a giant that has made its mark in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and other places. We count on your support for the defence of constitutional order. I heard your allowances have been paid up to date. Nothing else should make you angry. We will continue to build a virile force.

“We are proud of you. Proud of your loyalty. Nigeria depends on you. There will be peace and progress in our country,” he said.

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