ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- Tony Blair, a former British Prime Minister, has paid a visit to Nigeria’s President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, at the Defence House in Abuja.
The visit comes six days before Tinubu’s inauguration as successor to outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari.
The President-elect disclosed this in a tweet on his handle.
“I received former British Prime Minister and founder Tony Blair Institute for Good Governance, Mr Tony Blair, at the Defence House, Abuja, earlier today.
“We discussed areas of mutual interests and how Nigeria can continue to benefit from the amazing work of the Institute,” the incoming President stated.
Those who attended the meeting include the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; and Vice President-elect, Kashim Shettima.
Since Tinubu was declared winner of the 25 February presidential election, he has been receiving calls and congratulatory messages from several world leaders, including the British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak.
Last Tuesday, the United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, called Tinubu, stressing on his continued commitment to further strengthening the US-Nigeria relationship with the incoming administration.
According to the spokesperson Matthew Miller who disclosed this in a brief communique, the Secretary noted that the U.S-Nigeria partnership is built on shared interests and strong people-to-people ties and that those links should continue to strengthen under President-elect Tinubu’s tenure.
A week later, US President, Joe Biden announced a nine-member delegation for Tinubu’s swearing-in on 29 May.
The delegation will be led by Marcia L. Fudge, Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.