South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol extended an invitation to his Nigerian counterpart, Bola Tinubu, to visit the Asian country soon in order to strengthen bilateral relations.
The Ambassadors and High Commissioners of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia to Nigeria expressed their countries’ support for the new administration.
Yeol’s message was conveyed by the South Korean delegation at a post-inauguration lunch at the State House Conference Centre in Abuja on Monday afternoon, according to a statement from the President’s office signed by Tunde Rahman.
Tinubu took the oath of office as Nigeria’s 16th President shortly after the lunch.
The statement is titled “UK, US, Saudi Arabia, and others pledge support and solidarity in bilateral meetings with President Tinubu.”
“The South Korean delegation had bilateral discussions with Tinubu,” it said in part.The delegation also sought to strengthen relations between the two countries while delivering a letter of invitation from South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol for Tinubu to visit that country soon.”
Special envoys and heads of missions from various countries formally presented their goodwill messages and pledged support and solidarity to President Bola Tinubu at the Presidential Villa in letters presented to him.
The United Kingdom, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Brazil, South Korea, Israel, Cape Verde, Somalia, and Nicaragua are among the countries represented.
The new UK High Commissioner to Nigeria, Richard Montgomery, congratulated President Tinubu and presented letters from British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, King Charles, and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.
The US delegation, led by Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia L. Fudge, paid President Tinubu a courtesy call and held a brief bilateral discussion with him.
The Saudi delegation also conveyed a message of goodwill from the Saudi Royal House to Nigeria’s president.
A special envoy of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida also paid a visit to President Tinubu and extended a hand of friendship and support.
In the same vein, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dispatched a delegation to meet with Tinubu and express willingness to collaborate in the field of fintech.
Delegations from Brazil, Somalia, Cape Verde, and Nicaragua also met with President Tinubu and pledged cooperation with Nigeria.