Ukraine president Zelensky invites Tinubu on state visit after swearing in
President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, has congratulated Nigeria’s President-elect, Bola Tinubu of the All Progressive Congress (APC) on his election victory.
Zelensky sent his congratulatory message in a letter where he also invited Tinubu to Ukraine on a state visit after his inauguration on May 29.
“Please accept my sincere congratulations on your election as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” Zelensky said.
“Despite extremely difficult testing times, caused by the full-scale armed aggression of Russia against our state, Ukraine is determined to further strengthen cooperation with Nigeria at the bilateral level and within the framework of international organizations.
“We are grateful for your country’s support of the Resolution of the General Assembly of the United Nations Organization “Principles of the UN Charter underlying a comprehensive, just and sustainable peace in Ukraine.
“I count on the active participation of Nigeria in its practical implementation. We see the further provision of global food security, of which Ukraine was and remains a reliable guarantor at the global level, as an important direction of cooperation.
“The fulfilment of this task will be facilitated by the successful implementation of the Ukrainian initiative “Grain from Ukraine”, which is designed to significantly increase the supply of grain to African countries in order to prevent famine.
“Taking this opportunity, I invite you to pay an official visit to Ukraine at a time convenient for you.”
The message is coming two months after Tinubu was declared winner of the 2023 president election
Tinubu emerged winner after polling 8,794,726 votes, in second place was Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar while Labour Party’s Peter Obi was third with 6,984,520 and 6,101,533.
Zelensky expressed confidence that Tinubu’s visit will strengthen the dialogue between Ukraine and Nigeria and contribute to further consolidation of joint efforts of the international community aimed at solving some urgent challenges.