President Bola Tinubu Assures Nigeria’s Unity, Holds Diplomatic Meetings with US, UK, and Saudi Arabia Envoys
President Bola Tinubu was inaugurated as the 16th President of Nigeria on Monday in a ceremony held in Abuja. In his inaugural address at Eagle Square, President Tinubu emphasized his commitment to the unity of the country and outlined his plans to promote economic development and stability.Following his inauguration, President Tinubu met with envoys from several countries, including the United Kingdom, United States, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Brazil, South Korea, Israel, Cape Verde, Somalia, and Nicaragua. The diplomats presented their goodwill messages and letters of support to the new President.Dressed in a white agbada and buba with a green cap adorned with his trademark logo, President Tinubu took the oaths of office and allegiance, administered by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola. Former President Muhammadu Buhari, his wife Aisha, Senator Oluremi Tinubu (the wife of the new President), and other family members witnessed the ceremony, along with several African heads of state, diplomats, and representatives of foreign governments.Among the African leaders present were President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, President of Tanzania Samia Hassan, President of the Republic of Congo Brazzaville Denis Nguesso, President of Guinea Bissau Umaro Embaló, and Liberian President George Weah. Delegations from Sierra Leone and Qatar were also in attendance.In his address to the nation, President Tinubu emphasized the importance of unity and collaboration among the different regions of Nigeria. He acknowledged the country’s resilience in the face of challenges and expressed his determination to lead Nigeria towards economic prosperity and social cohesion.President Tinubu outlined key policy objectives, including targeting higher GDP growth, reducing unemployment, promoting domestic manufacturing, improving access to electricity, and reviewing complaints by investors about multiple taxations. He also highlighted the need to prioritize security and tackle unemployment by creating meaningful opportunities for Nigerian youths.The President pledged to work towards a unified exchange rate and to clean up the nation’s monetary policy. He emphasized the importance of foreign policy in promoting peace and stability in the West African sub-region and the African continent, promising to collaborate with regional and international partners.President Tinubu assured his fellow citizens that his administration would govern on their behalf, consulting and dialoguing rather than dictating. He called on all Nigerians to join him in making Nigeria a more perfect nation and democracy, with a focus on improving the lives of the poor, elderly, and vulnerable.Following the inauguration, several countries formally presented their goodwill messages and letters of support to President Tinubu. The United Kingdom, United States, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Brazil, South Korea, Israel, Cape Verde, Somalia, and Nicaragua were among the countries represented. US President Joe Biden also pledged his commitment to strengthen ties between the United States and Nigeria, emphasizing the importance of Nigeria’s success for the world.In conclusion, President Tinubu’s inauguration marked a significant moment for Nigeria, with the new President outlining his vision for the country’s development and unity. The international community expressed its support and willingness to collaborate with Nigeria under President Tinubu’s leadership.