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Tinubu calls EU council, seeks support to address insecurity, poverty in Nigeria

President Bola Tinubu at Aso Villa President Bola Tinubu at Aso Villa

President Bola Tinubu has asked the European Union to support Nigeria in tackling insecurity and poverty challenges in the country and Africa.

In a statement by Abiodun Oladunjoye, state house spokesperson, Tinubu spoke on Wednesday during a telephone conversation with Charles Michel, President of the European Council.

Tinubu asked the EU to consider the areas of insecurity, particularly, in the neighbouring country of Lake Chad and other coastal regions.

“The European Council is the EU institution that defines the general political direction and priorities of the European Union,” the statement reads.

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“According to President Tinubu, Nigeria and the whole of Africa would require the help and partnership of her friends and development partners like the EU to address the excruciating poverty in the continent.

“While requesting the EU to look at specific areas of security challenge like the Lake Chad and coastal areas, the Nigerian leader promised to remain in contact with the European Union and other member states.”

He said his administration would prioritise the issue of poverty and insecurity, adding that he would do everything necessary to tackle the challenges.

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Michel, on his part, congratulated the president on his electoral victory and urged him to continue to work with the EU in all areas.

Tinubu assumed office after his inauguration as the 16th president of Nigeria on May 29.

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