A former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has told the president-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu that he will help the latter’s administration once he becomes Nigeria’s president.
Blair said that the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, which he founded, would be a willing partner of the incoming government of the Tinubu administration, especially in prioritising its goals and delivery.
Blair gave the commitment when he paid a visit to the president-elect at the Defence House in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, according to a statement by Tinubu’s spokesperson, Abdulaziz Abdulaziz.
“We would like to help in any way with your administration, we only need to know what the leadership priorities are and help in how to actualise them,” Blair said.
He also commended Tinubu’s campaign focus on key areas of security, economy, agriculture and power, describing the intertwined nature of the areas as vital to the development of any nation.
“Being in government today anywhere in the world is tough, you have things happening around the world which affect you and for which you can’t do anything much,” Blair said.
Tinubu will be sworn-in on Monday, May 29, 2023 at the Eagles Square in Abuja, taking over from Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s next president.
He won the 2023 presidential election after defeating the likes of Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party (LP) candidate, Peter Obi.