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May 29: US President Biden’s team for Tinubu’s inauguration

By Babs Oyetoro, with agency report

 The United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Marcia Fudge, will lead the US presidential delegation to attend the inauguration of President-elect, Bola Tinubu on May 29.

President Joe Biden, in a statement, said that Mr David Greene, Charge d’ Affaires of US Embassy Abuja would also be a member of the delegation.

Other members of the delegation, he said are Sydney Kamlager-Dove, United State Representative, California;  Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce; General Micheal Langley, Commander of U.S. Africa Command and Director U.S. Trade and Development Agency, Enoh Ebong.

The president said the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Mary Phee, and Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs, National Security Council, Judd Devermont will be on the delegation.

In addition, he said Monde Muyangwa, Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Africa, U.S. Agency for International Development will also be on the delegation that would be in Nigeria for the inauguration.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken had on May 16 called the President-elect assuring him of the U.S. commitment to further strengthening the U.S.-Nigeria relationship with the incoming administration.

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

He also discussed the importance of inclusive leadership that represents all Nigerians, continued comprehensive security cooperation, and reforms to support economic growth with the president-elect.


*As former UK PM Blair visits President-elect 

Meanwhile, a former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, yesterday paid a visit to the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, at the Defence House in Abuja.

The visit comes six days before Tinubu’s inauguration as successor to outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari.

Tinubu disclosed this in a tweet on his handle.

“I received former British Prime Minister and founder Tony Blair Institute for Good Governance, Mr Tony Blair, at the Defence House, Abuja, earlier today,” the incoming President stated.

“We discussed areas of mutual interests and how Nigeria can continue to benefit from the amazing work of the Institute.”

Channels Television reports that those who attended the meeting include the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; and Vice President-elect, Kashim Shettima.

Since Tinubu was declared winner of the February 25 presidential election, he has been receiving calls and congratulatory messages from several world leaders, including the British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak.

Last Tuesday, the United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, called Tinubu, emphasising his continued commitment to further strengthening the US-Nigeria relationship with the incoming administration.

Spokesperson Matthew Miller who disclosed this in a brief communique, said 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.

A week later, US President, Joe Biden announced a nine-member delegation for Tinubu’s swearing-in on May 29.

The delegation will be led by Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Marcia L. Fudge

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