Tinubu embarks on fresh foreign trip, 19 days to swearing-in

PRESIDENT-ELECT Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday, May 10, embarked on a fresh foreign trip, 19 days to his inauguration as Nigeria’s President.

This is coming 16 days after he returned from a trip to London, Saudi Arabia and Paris.

A statement released on Wednesday by the media aide to the President-elect, Tunde Rahman said Tinubu had travelled to Europe on a working visit.

Rahman stated that Tinubu would utilise the opportunity to make arrangements on his transition plans and programmes for his administration.

“The President-elect has hitherto promised to hit the ground running and the visit is reflective of his commitment to the promise as he has already begun talks with global actors in the important areas of the economy and security.”

Rahman stressed that the visit would enable Tinubu to engage with investors and other relevant stakeholders to market investment opportunities in the country.

“Tinubu hopes to convince them of Nigeria’s readiness to do business under his leadership through mutually-beneficial partnerships premised on jobs creation and skills acquisition.

“Reviving the country’s economy forms a major plank of Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda and the meeting is part of his efforts to re-establish Nigeria’s importance in the global economic chain and create empowering opportunities for the country’s huge youth population.

“Already, meetings with multi-sectoral actors in Europe’s business community including manufacturing, agriculture, tech and energy have been lined up.”



    During Tinubu’s last foreign trip, The ICIR reported that Nigerians, including stalwarts of the All Progressives Congress (APC), were worried over his whereabouts, before he returned to the country on April 24.

    Tinubu travelled to Europe in late March after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared him the winner of the presidential election conducted on February 25.

    While Nigerians speculated on the reasons for the President-elect’s trip, Rahman argued that Tinubu needed rest after touring the 36 states and working hard for his victory at the presidential poll.

    Rumours spread that Tinubu jetted out to Europe to attend to a medical emergency. Rahman, however, debunked the claims.

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