President Bola Tinubu recently welcomed President Umaro Sissoco Embalo of Guinea-Bissau on a private visit to Lagos. President Embalo, who also serves as the Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, arrived in Nigeria’s economic hub on Saturday. This historic visit marks the first time an African President has visited President Tinubu since his inauguration on May 29.
While specific details of the visit remain undisclosed, it is presumed to be connected to Nigeria’s influential position within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union. As both leaders engage in discussions, they are likely to focus on crucial issues pertaining to Africa and the West African sub-region.
President Tinubu, who has been spending the Sallah holiday in Lagos, demonstrates his commitment to regional and continental matters. This is evident from his recent meeting with former President Goodluck Jonathan. On June 13, President Tinubu met with Jonathan, who serves as the Head of the ECOWAS Mediation Team to Mali and the Chairman of the West African Elders Forum. Their meeting aimed to discuss critical topics concerning Africa and the West African sub-region.
President Tinubu’s engagement with President Embalo further reinforces Nigeria’s significant role in regional and continental affairs. As one of the most influential nations in ECOWAS and the African Union, Nigeria continues to contribute to the development and progress of the African continent.