President of Guinea- Buissau and Chairman Authority Economic Commission for West African States (ECOWAS) Head of State and Government, Umaro Sissoco Embalo on Saturday said that the economic steps so far taken by President Bola Tinubu would not only be for the good of Nigeria but the entire West Africa.
Speaking during a private visit to Tinubu in Lagos , Embalo said ECOWAS is in support of Nigerialeader’s efforts aimed at repositioning the giant of Africa.
Addressing newsmen after the visit, Mr Dele Alake, Special Adviser, Special Duties, Communications and Strategy to the President, said the visit was strictly private.
He said President Bola Tinubu recognises that Nigeria is being looked upon for leadership, and he is prepared to step up to the challenge.
He also highlighted that the visit allowed Embalóto reinforce the fraternal relations between the two countries.
“It was a meeting between two African brother presidents and it was very cordial. Of course, the visiting president appreciated the steps taken by President Bola Tinubu within the last one month,
“He said he is ready to cooperate with Nigeria and President Bola Tinubu at all times just as the rest of the world have commended him over his recent policies.
“They also spoke of the ECOWAS head of government meeting which is imminently coming up and also spoke on other areas of cooperation,” he said.
“President Embalo commended the laudable policy initiatives of President Tinubu in the last one month and added that everyone in the international community have been commending the giant strides of the Nigerian leader.
“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 the 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,” he added.
On the entourage of the visiting Guinea-Bissau leader were his Special Adviser Caramo Camara, Chief of Staff Califa Soares and Diplomatic Advisor Ambassador Alfredo Cabral and Image Operator Bonifacio Correia.
Those who joined President Tinubu to receive the Guinea-Bissau President included Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu, Chief of Staff Femi Gbajabiamila and Special Adviser, Special Duties, Communications and Strategy to the President, Mr. Dele Alake.
President Embaló was earlier received at the Presidential Wing of Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, by Governor Sanwo-Olu.