Dr. Thabo Mbeki, former South African president and Head of the Commonwealth Observation Mission in Nigeria, has warned President-elect Senator Bola Tinubu not to forget the African continent once he takes office.
Mbeki addressed on the completion of the Commonwealth Observation Mission when he met the President-elect in Abuja on Thursday.
Mbeki, who recognised that the election was fair and credible, urged Tinubu to make the entire African continent his compass when assuming power.
“Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country with a large economy. Whatever happens in this country sets the tone for the rest of Africa.
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“We need a strong Nigerian presidency that will also focus on the African region.
“Your opponent will be looking for the smallest thing to throw stones at. That is the way of democracy,” he added.
The president-elect assured the former South African president of his commitment to further African integration and economic development and promised to work with Mbeki and other leaders of the continent in this direction.
He added: “Please Mr President, don’t be far from us.”
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