Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday urged African nations to work together, especially in developing their economies for the benefit of their people.

This, he said, should come before other forms of international cooperation.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, the Vice-President spoke while receiving the Vice-President of Liberia, Mr. Joseph Boakai, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“We have to help ourselves first before others come, we should look for ways we can benefit each other,” he said.

Osinbajo suggested the creation of a bilateral economic council that could bring business interests from both countries together.

He observed that there were Nigerian businesspeople that could invest in Liberia.

“We must engender stronger relationships between our countries; that is what Africans need,” he added.

While noting the important task for African governments to create the enabling environment for agricultural and industrial development, Osinbajo noted that people depended on what government was able to do for them.

Boakai commended Nigeria, saying the country remained a very important big brother to Liberia.

“You have made a lot of sacrifice for our country, including through ECOMOG and the United Nations Mission in Liberia,” he said.

Acknowledging that Nigeria cares for Liberia, Boakai added that Nigerian businesses were helping the West African country in sectors such as aviation, banking, insurance and investments.

He also said there were teachers and doctors from Nigeria currently helping to set up schools and health infrastructure in Liberia.

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