Tinubu appeals to EU for support to tackle poverty, insecurity



President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has appealed to the European Union (EU) for assistance in tackling poverty and insecurity in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.

In a statement issued on Wednesday and signed by his spokesman, Abiodun Oladunjoye, Tinubu called on the EU to support Nigeria and Africa in enhancing security and promoting economic development to alleviate poverty.

The plea was made during a telephone conversation between President Tinubu and the President of the European Council (EC), Charles Michel.

The European Council is responsible for setting the overall political direction and priorities of the EU.

President Tinubu emphasized that Nigeria and the entire African continent would benefit from the help and partnership of their friends and development partners, including the EU, to effectively address the pervasive poverty across the region.

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.

“President Bola Tinubu said poverty and insecurity were priority areas for his administration and he would do all that is required to address them,” Oladunjoye stated.

He further said that the Council president, Michel used the opportunity of the telephone conversation to once again congratulate Tinubu over his election as Nigeria’s 16th President.

Michel also pledged the commitment of the Council towards a stronger cooperation and partnership with Nigeria based on mutual respect and common interests.

The European Council president further pointed out that Nigeria is important to the EU and the International Community.

Michel also urged President Tinubu to continue to work with the EU in all relevant areas.