President Bola Tinubu has made a triumphant return to the nation’s capital, Abuja, following his successful participation in the 5th mid-year coordination meeting of the African Union (AU) held in Nairobi, Kenya. The esteemed leader arrived at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Monday evening, where he was warmly received by a distinguished group of high-ranking government officials, including Senator George Akume, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation; Honorable Femi Gbajabiamila, Chief of Staff to the President; Senator Hope Uzodinnma, Imo State Governor; and Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, former Kano State governor.
As the Chairman of the Authority of the Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), President Tinubu’s attendance at the AU summit was of paramount importance. His engagement in the summit’s proceedings aimed to solidify regional collaboration and foster closer ties among African nations. President Tinubu left Abuja on Saturday to fulfill this crucial role.
During his time in Nairobi, President Tinubu played an instrumental role in the formulation of a declaration that encapsulated the outcomes and discussions of the meeting. This declaration served to reaffirm Africa’s unwavering unity and strength, unequivocally rejecting any notion of a new scramble for Africa.
Notably, President Tinubu seized the opportunity to highlight his unwavering dedication to bolstering the ECOWAS Standby Force. This initiative, which he aims to strengthen, holds the key to deterring coup attempts and effectively combating terrorism within the sub-region.
President Tinubu’s presence at the AU summit in Nairobi not only showcased his commitment to regional security and stability but also solidified his position as a key figure in Africa’s diplomatic landscape. His unwavering dedication and tireless efforts continue to shape a brighter future for the entire ECOWAS community