- The Nigerian government has pledged to continue to support Sierra Leone, a neighbouring West African country
- Speaking during the inauguration of the country's new president, Maada Bio, Nigeria's vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, said it's celebration of democracy
- According to him, Sierra Leone and Nigeria have a long history
The Nigerian government has pledged to continue to support Sierra Leone, a neighbouring West African country.
The assurance was given by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo during the inauguration of the country's new president, Maada Bio.
Osinbajo described the inauguration of the new president as a celebration of democracy.
His words: “It is a great celebration of democracy; the transition has been a peaceful one from one civilian president to another. Again, it signals hope for the people of Sierra Leone. President Maada Bio is a consummate technocrat.
“Sierra Leone and Nigeria have a long history. Most recently, if you recall, Nigerian troops gave their lives here in Sierra Leone defending the territorial integrity of Sierra Leone, the people and the country. President Bio repeated this in my conversation with him, and said how grateful he was. We have maintained a very good relationship, I believe that relationship will continue."
On his impression of the new Sierra Leonean president, Osinbajo said: “He has also proven over time to be someone who has thought over the problems of the country, and listening to him today and having met with him for close to an hour, I think there is great opportunity and hope for the people of Sierra Leone and I think that he is going to do a great job.”
Meanwhile, digital rights experts have called for the replication of Nigeria’s Digital Rights and Freedom Bill by other African countries.
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The bill which was recently passed by the National Assembly was praised by experts as a step in the good direction in strengthening digital rights on the continent.
The experts made this call at the 6th Internet Freedom Forum, an international conference organised by Paradigm Initiative in Abuja.
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