Tinubu receives Presidents of Benin, Niger, Guinea-Bissau in Abuja

The Presidents of Benin, Niger and Guinea-Bissau were in Aso Rock Villa Tuesday to visit President Bola Tinubu.

President of Benin, Patrice Talon, President of Niger, Mohamed Bazoum and President of Guinea-Bissau, Umaro Embaló were received by Tinubu at the forecourt of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Soon afterward, he led the West African leaders into a private session in his office.

While the specific agenda of Tuesday’s meeting is not yet public, it comes barely nine days after President Tinubu assumed the Chairmanship of the Authority of Heads of State of the Economic Community of West African States.

The leaders are expected to discuss security and economic development in the sub-region.

Tinubu is likely to reiterate his stance on defending democracy in the sub-region given the spate of coups in recent years.

Guinea-Bissau had survived an attempted coup in February 2022. However, the civilian governments of Guinea, Mali and Burkina Faso had been toppled between 2019 and 2022.




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