Tinubu returns to Nigeria ahead May 29 inauguration

President-elect Bola Tinubu being received by Senate President Ahmad Lawan at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, as he arrived on Saturday, May 21, 2023

By Emmanuel Babafemi

President-elect Bola Tinubu has returned to Nigeria after spending close to two weeks in Europe on a working visit ahead of the May 29, 2023 inauguration of a new government.

The private jet of the former governor of Lagos State arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja at about 2.15 p.m.

Among dignitaries who received him include Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Vice President-elect Kashim Shettima, Senator Godswill Akpabio, a former minister of Niger Delta Affairs and Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano.

The former national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is expected to assume office on May 29 as Nigeria’s President on the expiration of the second term of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Dressed in a blue ‘agbada’ and his trademark cap, Tinubu was accompanied by his wife, Senator Oluremi, who was also dressed in matching blue attire.

Recalled Tinubu had left the country like 10 days ago, with his media aide, Tunde Rahman, informing the media in a statement that he was on a working visit to Europe.

But while abroad, reports had it that Tinubu also met with Rabiu Kwankwaso, the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).

Though details of their meeting were not made public, it has been projected that the move may be a possible working arrangement for the man in the opposition to work in Tinubu’s cabinet as he assumes office.