Osinbajo: Nigeria will strengthen its relationship with Sao Tome
Deji Elumoye in Abuja
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo assured that Nigeria’s cordial relations with the twin Central African nation of Sao Tome and Principe, which has grown over the years, will now be strengthened.
Osinbajo made the disclosure yesterday during the presidential inauguration of the new president of Sao Tome and Principe, Mr. Carlos Manuel Vila Nova in Sao Tome.
“We believe that São Tomé and Principe is an important partner. We have a very strategic relationship, which is why we are not here just to congratulate the new president, but to reestablish a relationship, a relationship which, moreover, has grown stronger over the years. He noted that the two countries “are now considering strengthening their bilateral relations due to the strategic partnership between the two countries.”
According to him, we have a joint development agreement in particular with regard to the oil and gas sector where we share a common interest.
He said: “We are also looking to strengthen the relationship in other ways. [such as ] hospitality, agriculture and all that.
While congratulating the new president, Osinbajo expressed Nigeria’s willingness to re-establish stronger ties with the island country.
The event, held in the country’s parliament, brought together leaders from Africa and Europe.
Besides Osinbajo who represented President Muhammadu Buhari, other leaders who graced the occasion included the President of Portugal, Mr. Marcelo Rebeto, the President of Guinea-Bissau, Mr. Sissolo Embalo; Vice-President of Angola, Mr. Bonito De Sousa, among other dignitaries.
The inauguration also took place in the presence of the outgoing President, Mr. Carlos Carvalho, and the Prime Minister of São Tomé and Principe, Mr. Jorge Bom Jesus.
Later, President Nova held his first bilateral meeting as President with Vice President Osinbajo at the Sao Tome City Presidential Office, where the two leaders exchanged pleasantries and expressed their readiness to deepen diplomatic relations. and economic.
Osinbajo was accompanied by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada, and joined by some members of the House of Representatives, including the Hon. Hafiz Kawu, as well as the Nigerian Ambassador to São Tomé and Principe, Mr. Christopher Chiejina. Osinbajo had since returned to Abuja.