In a momentous event that underscores the deepening ties between Nigeria and Guinea Bissau, President Bola Tinubu arrived in the West African nation today to join in the grand celebrations marking Guinea Bissau’s 50th Independence Day Anniversary and Armed Forces Day.
The president touched down at Osvaldo Vieira International Airport in Bissau, the capital of Guinea Bissau, at the crack of dawn, precisely at 5:51 a.m. local time (6:51 a.m. Nigeria time), where he was warmly welcomed by a high-ranking Guinean delegation.
Among those present to greet President Tinubu was a senior Minister and Chief of Staff to the President of Guinea Bissau, Soarez Sambu, who extended an official welcome to the Nigerian President on behalf of the host nation.
Guinea-Bissau, a nation that secured its hard-fought independence on September 24, 1973, commemorated its historic 50th Independence Anniversary two months ago. However, the government had strategically scheduled an array of festivities to mark this momentous occasion on November 16, 2023, under the auspices of President Umaro Sissoco Embalo.
The celebrations, designed to honor the nation’s half-century journey towards sovereignty and self-determination, are expected to be a grand spectacle, featuring military parades, cultural displays, and speeches highlighting the nation’s achievements over the past five decades.
During his visit, President Tinubu is expected to engage in bilateral discussions with President Embalo and other Guinean officials, exploring opportunities for enhanced cooperation between the two nations in various sectors, including trade, security, and education.
Nigeria’s commitment to supporting its West African neighbors in their quest for stability and development remains unwavering.
The President is scheduled to return to Nigeria on Thursday, concluding his visit to Guinea Bissau, which underscores the importance of fostering strong diplomatic relations within the West African region.