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Bola Tinubu returns to Nigeria today after a month in France ~ Onanuga

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President-elect Bola Tinubu will return to Nigeria today, according to his spokesman and the media director of the defunct All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign council, Bayo Onanuga.

Onanuga stated in a tweet on Monday morning that the president-elect will arrive in Abuja later on Tuesday.

“Nigeria’s President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu returns to Abuja today after weeks of well-deserved vacation in France,” said Onanuga in his tweet.

Tinubu has been away from the country since last month, first visiting France and then Saudi Arabia for lesser hajj.

His travel has sparked conjecture and controversy concerning his health status, which his aides have tried hard to puncture.

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Tinubu’s media aide, Tunde Rahman had issued a statement on March 22 detailing the president’s elect whereabouts and agenda.

Tinubu, according to Rahman, would design his transition strategy while out of the country.

“The president-elect decided to take a break after the hectic campaign and election season to rest in Paris and London, preparatory to going to Saudi Arabia for Umrah (lesser hajj) and the Ramadan Fasting that begins Thursday,” Rahman said.

“We enjoin the media to stop publishing rumours and unsubstantiated claims and to always seek clarifications from our office.”

Those lobbying for position in the incoming administration had thought that the solemnity of a religious event would provide a perfect cover for their game plan, had flown to Mecca in search of Tinubu.

Primed for action, the lobbyists descended on Mecca to see the President-elect and make their case. But it all ended in an anti-climax. The President-elect was nowhere near Mecca, and neither did he go for the Lesser Hajj.

Tinubu is expected to be sworn in as the 16th president of the federal republic on May 29, when President Mohammdu Buhari will be stepping down after a two-term of eight years.

(omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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