By Henry Umoru & Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA—Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has emphasized the need for African nations to work together in the interest of the continent.
He said that stronger ties among them would engender rapid economic growth and development.
Osinbajo expressed the view while receiving his Liberian counterpart, Mr. Joseph Nyumah, Boakai in his office at the Presidential Villa yesterday.
The Liberian Vice President was in the country to participate in a public lecture.
Osinbajo observed that there were Nigerian business people that could invest in Liberia, suggesting the creation of a bilateral economic council that could bring business interests from both countries together.
He said: “We have to help ourselves first before others come, we should look for ways we can benefit each other.
“We must engender stronger relationships between our countries, that is what Africans need to develop our economies.”
While noting the important task for African governments to create enabling environments for agricultural and industrial development, Osinbajo said “our people depend on what government is able to do for them; strengthening the relationship between both countries makes sense.
In his remarks, Vice President Boakai commended Nigeria for promoting peace on the continent, saying “Nigeria remains a very important big brother to Liberia.”
‘’You have made a lot of sacrifices to our country, including through ECOMOG and the United Nations Mission in Liberia, UNMIL.”
Acknowldging that Nigeria had cared for Liberia, Vice President Boakai added that Nigerian businesses were helping the West Africa country in sectors like aviation, banking, insurance and investments.
He noted that teachers and doctors from Nigeria were currently helping to set up schools and health infrastructure in Liberia.
Speaking later at the inaugural session of Save Democracy Group, also in Abuja, Boakai made a passionate appeal for African youths, asking leaders of the continent to urgently commence process of bequeathing leadership positions for them.