2023 Elections; What former South African President Mbeki, Dangote, others tell Tinubu
Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu have been playing host to dignitaries from within and outside the country. Among those who visited Tinubu in Abuja are the former President of South African and Head of the Commonwealth Observer Mission to Nigeria, Dr. Thabo Mbeki, Nigeria business icon and Africa richest man Aliko Dangote and former governor of Gombe State, Senator Danjuma Goje.
Mbeki, while speaking during his visit to Tinubu at his Abuja residence on Thursday, after the completion of the Commonwealth Observer Mission assignment in the country, advised President-elect to put the African continent on the front burner of his administration when assumes office. He urged the President-elect not to forget the African continent.
Affirming that the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly election was fair and credible, the South African leader asked Tinubu to make the entire African continent his compass when he takes over the reins of government. “Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa with a big economy.
“Whatever happens here sets the pace for the rest of Africa. We need a strong Nigerian presidency that will also focus on the African region. Your opponent will be looking for the smallest thing to throw stones at. That is the way of democracy,” he said.
Soliciting the support of all African leaders, the President-elect assured the continent of his resolved commitment t to further African integration and economic development. He also promised to work with Mbeki and other leaders of the continent in this direction. “Please Mr. President (Mbeki), don’t be far from us.”
Africa’s richest man, Dangote, paid Tinubu a courtesy in his home Friday afternoon and congratulated him on his resounding victory at the just concluded presidential election last weekend. Also, Gombe state governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, in company of Senator Goje, was at the resident of the President-elect where they met with Tinubu and the Vice President-elect, Sen Kashim Shettima. Yahaya and Goje congratulate the President elect on his victory at the polls and expressed their confidence in his ability to lead the country to prosperity.
Similarly, Bello Matawalle, Zamfara state governor, alongside his counterparts, Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state and Yahaya Bello of Kogi state, visited Tinubu on Friday. The trio went to confer with the President-elect shortly after they left the Supreme Court where they had gone to hear the court’s verdict on a suit they instituted against the controversial naira redesign policy of the federal government.
Citing the hardships the continued scarcity of naira notes brought to their people, sued the federal government at the Supreme Court for a reversal of the policy, the three governors, on behalf of their states, on February 3, sued the federal government at the Supreme Court for a reversal of the policy.
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