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Tinubu returns after 35-day vacation abroad, says ready for task ahead

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Nigeria’s president-elect, Bola Tinubu arrived in the country via Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Monday after over 30 days outside the country.

Tinubu, returned to the country after speculations about his whereabouts by some Nigerians, despite claims by his spokesmen and party chieftains that he traveled to France to rest and was welcomed by a swarm of supporters.

The President-elect arrived at the presidential wing of the airport in the company of his wife, Oluremi Tinubu, to a resounding greeting from party faithful and supporters who had been anticipating his arrival.

The Vice President-elect, Kashim Shettima was also among Tinubu’s supporters and top members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who welcome him back to the country.

Speaking to the tumultuous crowd who followed him home, the President-elect said: “I’m happy to be back. I have rested, I’m refreshed and I’m ready for the task ahead.

“Forget about what the rumour mill may have told you. I’m strong, very strong.”

Asked about his plans for the country, he said he had been consulting and planning with a view to putting together a strong team so he could hit the ground running once he assumes office on May 29.

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Tinubu had left the country on March 21, in what his media minder said was a trip to three nations of France, United kingdom and Saudi Arabia to rest after rigorous campaign toward his election.

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.”

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

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