Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said that Nigeria’s relationship with the twin island state of Sao Tome and Principe has grown over the years and is still being strengthened now.
Osinbajo said this on Saturday at the inauguration of the new President of Sao Tome and Principe, Carlos Manuel Vila Nova, in the city of Sao Tome.
Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President’s Media and Public Relations, Laolu Akande, was announced in a statement titled “Nigeria’s Relationship with Sao Tome and Principe” said Osinbajo at the President’s inauguration.
In a conversation with the press immediately after the swearing-in, the Vice-President said: “We think that São Tomé and Principe are an important partner and we have a very strategic relationship, which is why we would like to not only congratulate the new President, but also one To restore the relationship, a relationship which, by the way, has grown stronger over the years. “
He noted that the two countries are now “considering strengthening bilateral relations because of the strategic partnership between the two countries”.
According to him, “we have a joint development agreement, particularly in the oil and gas sector, where we have a common interest.
“We are also looking into strengthening relationships in other ways [such as] Hospitality, agriculture and all that. ”
While congratulating the new president, Osinbajo expressed Nigeria’s willingness to restore stronger ties with the island nation.
Later, the newly sworn in President Vila Nova held his first bilateral meeting as President with Osinbajo at the Presidential Office in Sao Tome, where both leaders exchanged courtesies and expressed willingness to deepen diplomatic and economic ties.
Osinbajo was accompanied by Foreign Minister Zubairu Dada and accompanied by some members of the House of Representatives, including Hafiz Kawu, and the Nigerian Ambassador to São Tomé and Principe, Christopher Chiejina.