May 29: Blinken phones Tinubu, promises continuous commitment to US-Nigeria relationship

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On Tuesday, Secretary of State of the United States Antony Blinken phoned President-elect Bola Tinubu to stress his continuous commitment to furthering the US-Nigeria partnership with the next administration.

Speaking about the development in a tweet sighted by our correspondent on Wednesday, the US Mission in Nigeria, said, “@SecBlinken spoke with President-elect Bola Tinubu yesterday to emphasize his continued commitment to further strengthening the U.S.-Nigeria relationship with the incoming administration.”

A press statement on the US Department of State’s website, titled, “Secretary Blinken’s Call with Nigerian President-elect Tinubu,” attributed to spokesperson Matthew Miller, on Tuesday, further revealed the details of the telephone conversation.

The statement reads, “Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke this morning with Nigerian President-elect Bola Tinubu, to emphasize his continued commitment to further strengthening the U.S.-Nigeria relationship with the incoming administration.

“The Secretary noted that the U.S.-Nigeria partnership is built on shared interests and strong people-to-people ties and that those links should continue to strengthen under President-elect Tinubu’s tenure.

“Secretary Blinken and President-elect Tinubu discussed the importance of inclusive leadership that represents all Nigerians, continued comprehensive security cooperation, and reforms to support economic growth.”