PARIS: Tinubu is very unpopular outside Nigeria, lacks international clout — General Oluchi



US based Nigerian Media Personality popularly known as General Oluchi, has taken to Twitter to express a great deal of dissatisfaction with Bola Ahmed Tinubu after his poor showing at the Paris New Global Financing Summit, failing to attract any tangible financial commitment to relieve Nigeria’s lingering debt crisis.

Bola Ahmed Tinubu

The august event hosted by France’s president, Emmanuel Macron attracted Heads of States from all over the world and promised offers of debt relief to ailing nations, especially African nations and third world countries, however, the former Lagos governor failed to take the opportunity to address the many issues concerning Nigeria’s perennial indebtedness.

Mr Tinubu, despite being billed to speak at the event, refrained from engaging with guests and other Heads of States on critical financial matters affecting Nigeria and how the global community could help salvage the situation.

His counterpart, the president of Zambia, Hakainde Hichilema walked away from the event with a historic $6.3bn debt settlement plan owed to state creditors, including over $4bn owed to China.

France’s President Emmanuel Macron, who played a pivotal role in persuading China to agree, hailed the deal as “historic”. It is thought that it could pave the way for other debt-ridden countries like Nigeria to follow suit.

Many Nigerians have also voiced similar concerns, particularly members of the opposition who feel that the All Progressives Congress’s national leader could have made better use of the opportunity to engage with world leaders to not only discuss towards settling Nigeria’s debt, but also attract investment opportunities to boost the nation’s dwindling economy.

The visit was Tinubu’s first international engagement since taking office Nigeria’s Head of State amid controversial circumstances due to the flawed 2023 presidential elections widely believe to be rigged in his party’s favour.


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