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When the new president of Nigeria Bola Ahmed Tinubu praised Morocco

The candidate of the ruling party in Nigeria, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, won the presidential election on Wednesday in the first round, according to official results announced by the National Electoral Commission (Inec).

He will succeed 80-year-old President Muhammadu Buhari, who watched over Nigeria’s destiny for two terms as required by the constitution of Africa’s most populous country. Morocco has become under his reign one of Nigeria’s main economic partners in Africa, notably with the agreement to build the Nigeria-Morocco-Europe gas pipeline among other major bilateral cooperation projects.

The new president Bola Ahmed Tinubu 70 years old, a multi-millionaire Muslim with the eternal traditional “Yoruba” hat has therefore signed an ascent to the top of power punctuated by a career where he had fought in the 90s the Junta in power of General Abacha, until going into exile. from Nigeria. He will now have to work to ignite a Nigerian economy (the first in Africa) in lackluster despite the country’s wealth in hydrocarbons. Iigeria is the continent’s largest oil producer, not counting gas reserves.

Bola Ahmed Tinubu assured that his priorities as president would be security and economic recovery. For this recovery, he takes as an example and model, the Kingdom. We remember during the presidential campaign last June he had this line with regard to Morocco: “We can revive our economy. We can build a nation like Morocco. We can, and with the grace of God we will.“.

Anyway for this ardent defender of democracy, economics is an area he seems to master the most. His profile gives him a glimpse of a roadmap tinged with optimism. He also managed to get out of Lagos, the economic heart of Nigeria, of his lethargy when he was its mayor and that he ruled for eight years (1999-2007). We him willingly attributes the spectacular transformation of the megalopolis of 20 million inhabitants during his two mandates, marked by the influx of foreign capital, major investments in the education sector and transport (construction of new roads, etc.). He also remodeled the commercial hub of Nigeria, Lagos.

IHe is also considered one of the richest men in the country if not the most, having in this, shares in many companies, from the media to aviation, through the hotel industry and real estate. Accountant by training, he graduated from Chicago State University in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting science before pursuing a career at Mobil Oil Nigeria and then in politics after his return from exile on Abacha’s death.

Bola Ahmed Tinubu vsknown as “Jagaban” by his supporters, will now seek to unify a country that is folding along regional lines and religious blocs, as the election results show. Tinubu, is a Muslim from the south and he chose the former Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, a Muslim from the north, as vice president. The decision to choose the running mate had been controversial during the presidential campaign and had been seen as appeasing Nigeria’s Muslim-majority north, which has the country’s largest electoral bloc.

Bola Ahmed Tinubu ToAfter winning the elections, will have to tackle many problems inherited from his predecessor Muhammadu Buhari like widespread insecurity, high unemployment, rising inflation and a country divided along ethnic lines. It’s not impossible, but the task ahead is daunting.

🇲🇦🇳🇬| Bola Tinubu has just won the presidential election in Nigeria with 36.6% of the vote.

He had shown his ambition during the campaign “we can build a nation like Morocco”. pic.twitter.com/23nl8iaegW

—Morocco Intelligence (@MoroccoIntel) March 1, 2023



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