Tinubu Meets Benin, Niger, Guinea-Bissau Presidents In Aso Rock

Tuesday saw the arrival at the Aso Rock Villa of the presidents of Benin, Niger, and Guinea-Bissau to meet with Bola Tinubu of Nigeria.

At the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Tinubu welcomed Presidents Patrice Talon of Benin, Mohamed Bazoum of Niger, and Umaro Embaló of Guinea-Bissau.

Soon after, he took the West African leaders to his office for a private meeting.

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 subregion 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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