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Tinubu urges U.S to deepen cooperation, defence of democracy in Africa

…as Joe Biden extends invitation for discussion at NUGA

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has urged the U.S Government to administer policy that is intentionally collaborative with independent African democracies at a period the western region are under assault by anti-democratic forces within and outside of the continent.

President Tinubu gave the advise while speaking to U.S. Presidential Envoy led by Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ambassador Molly Phee, on Saturday at the State House according to the press statements issued by Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.

He also called for a swift and comprehensive reform of the American-backed development finance and multilateral institutions, which were designed to support war-torn Europe after World War II.

The President said this will facilitate the developmental requirements of younger democracies in Africa which operate in authoritarian-crowded environments such that the legitimate yearnings of Africans would no longer be manipulated to serve the narrow aims of self-seeking demagogues through unconstitutional takeovers of power.

He clarified further: “Yes, the private sector will lead the way within an enabling environment we create for them, but the U.S. Government must be innovative in its thinking and systematically create incentives for U.S. industrial investment in Nigeria.

“Under my leadership, Nigeria stands ready to address their specific regulatory, tax and environmental concerns. I am determined to create prosperity for all Nigerian families”.

The Nigerian leader expressed being resolute to his course, affirmed that the crisis in Niger Republic would not deter him from concluding his economic reform programme successfully for the benefit of Nigerians and will take a queue from no nation but to focus on advancing the interest of the Nigerian state in his approach toward ECOWAS’ handling of the regional standoff.

He affirmed: “We are deep in our attempts to peacefully settle the issue in Niger by leveraging on our diplomatic tools. I continue to hold ECOWAS back, despite its readiness for all options, in order to exhaust all other remedial mechanisms. War is not ideal for my economic reforms, nor for the region, but the defense of democracy is sacrosanct. The ECOWAS consensus is that we will not allow anyone to insincerely buy time.

Meanwhile, the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ambassador Molly Phee, pledged support for the position of ECOWAS, and expressed the high regard the U.S. Administration has for the leadership of the Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.

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