President Bola Tinubu returned to Abuja on Sunday after an absence of nearly two weeks. He had departed from Abuja on June 20 to attend the summit for a New Global Financing Pact in Paris, France, hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron. Following his time in Paris, he traveled to London for a personal visit and then arrived in Lagos on June 27, just before the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
During his stay in Lagos, President Tinubu was hosted by the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and also paid visits to two prominent monarchs in Ogun State. He visited the Paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, in Ijebu-Ode, and the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, in Abeokuta. Additionally, Tinubu had a meeting with the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu. On Saturday, he received a courtesy visit from Guinea-Bissau’s President, Umaro Embalo.
Tinubu’s Special Adviser on Special Duties, Communications, and Strategy, Dele Alake, highlighted the President’s readiness to take a leading role on both the local and international stages, with other African nations looking up to Nigeria. The visit by President Embaló on Saturday further strengthened the fraternal relations between the two countries, as Embaló currently chairs the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.
Following his time in Lagos, President Tinubu returned to Abuja on Sunday. His aircraft touched down at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport around 5pm. However, his return comes amid uncertainty surrounding his list of potential ministers, as sources indicate that the Department of State Services is currently conducting checks on them.