Deji Elumoye in Abuja
President Bola Tinubu has urged the European Union (EU) to assist Nigeria and Africa in strengthening security and economic development to alleviate poverty in the continent.
The president, according to a release issued by the State House Director of Information, Abiodun Oladunjoye, spoke Wednesday during a telephone conversation with the President of the European Council, Mr. Charles Michel.
The European Council is the EU institution that defines the general political direction and priorities of the EU.
President Tinubu explained that 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 president promised to remain in contact with the EU and other member states.
He said poverty and insecurity were priority areas for his administration and he would do all that is required to address them.
On his part, the Council president used the opportunity of the telephone conversation to once again congratulate President Tinubu on his election.
While pledging the commitment of the Council towards a stronger cooperation and partnership with Nigeria based on mutual respect and common interests, he pointed out that Nigeria is important to the EU and the international community.
Michel urged the Nigerian leader to continue to work with the EU in all relevant areas.