President Bola Tinubu arrived back in Nigeria on Tuesday following his visit to France and London. His trip to France marked his first foreign excursion since assuming office as Nigeria’s President on May 29.
After attending a summit on restructuring global finance in Paris, President Tinubu proceeded to London for a private visit, as confirmed by his office. Upon his return to Nigeria, he landed at the Muritala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, where he was warmly received by a large crowd, according to a statement issued by his spokesperson, Dele Alake.
President Tinubu is expected to celebrate the Sallah festival on Thursday in Lagos, joining numerous Muslims in offering the Eid prayer at the Obalende Eid Prayer Ground. Please find Mr. Alake’s full statement below.
PRESIDENT TINUBU GREETED WITH A TUMULTUOUS WELCOME UPON RETURN TO LAGOS
Overwhelming reception accorded him in Lagos on Tuesday, conveying his best wishes to all Nigerians during the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.
The President received a tumultuous welcome from a massive crowd of Nigerians upon his return to Lagos following his seven-day trip abroad.
He had traveled to Paris, France, to attend the summit on” A New Global Financing Pact” and had also made a brief private visit to London, United Kingdom.
As President Tinubu’s convoy made its way from Ikeja to his private residence in Bourdillon, Ikoyi, Lagosians lined the road from Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), enthusiastically waving and expressing their joy.
This marks the President’s first visit to Lagos since his inauguration as Nigeria’s 16th President on May 29, 2023.
Upon his arrival at the presidential wing of MMIA, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila, Acting Inspector-General of Police Olukayode Egbetokun, National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu, Senators and Representatives from Lagos State, as well as party officials warmly received President Tinubu.
The 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, in conjunction with personnel from the Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Air Force, also mounted a guard of honor for him, while the standing troupe of the Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture entertained guests.
President Tinubu is scheduled to join fellow Muslim faithful for the Eid prayers on Wednesday at the Obalende Eid Prayer Ground, located at Dodan Barracks, the former seat of the Nigerian government.
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