By Ismail Abdulaziz
President Bola Tinubu has called on the European Union to assist Nigeria and Africa in strengthening security and economic development.
The President made the call on Wednesday in a telephone conversation with the President of the European Council, Mr Charles Michel.
The European Council is the EU institution that defines the general political direction and priorities of the European Union.
According to the President, Nigeria and the whole of Africa will require the help and partnership of her friends and development partners like the EU to address the excruciating poverty in the continent.
While requesting the EU to look at specific areas of security challenge like the Lake Chad and coastal areas, Tinubu promised to remain in contact with the EU and other member states.
He said that poverty and insecurity were priority areas of his administration, adding that he would do all that was required to address them.
The council president used the opportunity to once again, congratulate Tinubu over his election victory.
He pledged the commitment of the council toward a stronger cooperation and partnership with Nigeria based on mutual respect and common interests.
Michel pointed out that Nigeria remained important to the EU and the International Community.
The EC president urged the Nigerian leader to continue to work with the EU in all relevant areas.(NAN)