The President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on Monday arrived the country via the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, after weeks of rest and international engagements which saw him traversing London, Paris and Saudi Arabia.
Tinubu whose jet touched down at about 4:30pm arrived in the company of his wife Sen. Oluremi and son, Seyi Tinubu urged Nigerians to forget the rumours about his health, saying he is strong and ready for the task ahead.
He was treated to a rousing welcome by party supporters and stakeholders including members of the now- dissolved All Progressives Congress APC Presidential Campaign Council PCC.
Tinubu was escorted from the airport by a carnival-like motorcade to his residence in Asokoro even as thousands of supporters and journalists hung around his campaign headquarters in Abuja’s central district and the Defence House in Maitama, the official residence of Nigeria’s President-elect.
Tinubu had departed the country on March 21 on a three-country tour to rest, embark on International engagements and then observe the lesser Hajj.
According to a statement from the Office of the President-elect, signed by Tunde Rahman, among those at the airport to receive him were Vice President-elect, Kashim Shettima, House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila as well as Governors Simon Lalong (Plateau) and Abubakar Sani-Bello (Niger) and former Borno State Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff.
Also at the airport were former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, APC Deputy National Chairman, North, Senator Abubakar Kyari, Deputy National Chairman, South, Barrister Emma Eneukwu, and National Woman Leader, Dr. Betta Edu.
There were also Senators Barau Jibrin, Adeola Olamilekan Yayi, Opeyemi Bamidele, Dayo Adeyeye, Sabi Abdullahi and Adelere Oriolowo as well as Secretary of the recently-dissolved Presidential Campaign Council, Hon. James Faleke, Hon. Babajimi Benson and Mr. Bayo Onanuga, Director of media and Publicity in the defunct APC Presidential Campaign Council.
Addressing the crowd who followed him home, the President-elect said: “I am happy to be back. I have rested. I am refreshed and I am ready for the task ahead. Forget about what the rumour mill may have told you. I am 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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