São Tomé, Príncipe important partner of Nigeria —Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said Nigeria’s relationship with the twin island nation of Sao Tome and Principe has grown over the years and will be further strengthened.

Osinbajo said this on Saturday during the presidential inauguration of the new president of Sao Tome and Principe, Carlos Manuel Vila Nova, in the city of Sao Tome.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President for Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande revealed in a statement titled “Nigeria’s Relations with São Tomé and Príncipe are Growing, Osinbajo Says at Presidential Inauguration” .

Speaking to the press just after the swearing-in ceremony, the vice-president reportedly said: “We believe that São Tomé and Principe is an important partner and we have a very strategic relationship, that is why we are not here only to congratulate with the new president, but to restore a relationship, a relationship which, by the way, has only 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, especially with regard to the oil and gas sector where we share a common interest.

“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 desire to re-establish stronger ties with the island country.

Later, newly sworn in President Vila Nova held his first bilateral meeting as President with Osinbajo at the Presidential Office in Sao Tome City, where the two leaders exchanged pleasantries and expressed their willingness to deepen diplomatic relations and economic.

Osinbajo was accompanied by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada, and joined by some members of the House of Representatives, including Hafiz Kawu, as well as the Nigerian Ambassador to São Tomé and Principe, Christopher Chiejina.

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