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Nigerian President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Wednesday seeks European Union’s assistance to Nigeria and Africa in strengthening security and economic development to alleviate poverty in the continent.

Tinubu, in a statement by his Director of Information, Abiodun Oladunjoye, during a telephone conversation with the President of the European Council, Mr Charles Michel, said that Nigeria and the whole of Africa would require the help and partnership of her friends and development partners like the EU to address the excruciating poverty in the continent.

The President, while promising to remain in contact with the European Union and other member states also requested that the EU look at specific areas of security challenges like Lake Chad and coastal areas, saying poverty and insecurity were priority areas for his administration, and he would do all that is required to address them.

The Council president used the opportunity of the telephone conversation to once again congratulate President Tinubu on his election, while pledging the commitment of the Council towards stronger cooperation and partnership with Nigeria based on mutual respect and common interests, pointing out that Nigeria is critical to the EU and the International Community.

Mr Michel urged the Nigerian leader to continue to work with the EU in all relevant areas.

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