Tinubu, Umahi’s Visits, Ogun Projects Mark Buhari’s Major Engagements


The visit of the  National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, marked the highpoint of a week of loaded engagements for President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the president started the week under review with the hosting of the APC leader and former Governor of Lagos State on Jan. 10.

Tinubu, who addressed State House Correspondents after a closed door meeting with the president, said his visit to the Presidential Villa offered him the opportunity to formally inform the president of his presidential ambition.

The APC leader said though he made his intention known to the president, he would continue to consult with Nigerians.

Tinubu also dismissed the assertion that ”a kingmaker cannot become a king”, saying he would like to takeover from President Buhari in 2023 to continue with the good works of the ruling APC.

NAN reports that barely 24 hours after Tinubu’s visit to villa, a serving State Governor, Dave Umahi of Ebonyi, met with the president where he also informed him of his presidential ambition in 2023.

According to Umahi, he will seek to bear the flag of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming 2023 presidential election.

Also on Jan. 11, Buhari congratulated the UN Deputy Secretary General, Amina Mohammed, on her re-appointment for a second term.

The president assured Mohammed of the prayers and support of Nigerians, especially the Federal Executive Council, where she served for some years.

Buhari also felicitated Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on his birthday.

Ahmad the Ninth Senate President turned 63 on Wednesday.

Also on Jan. 12, the president lauded the Super Eagles of Nigeria for an impressive start at the ongoing 33rd Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon.

NAN reports that the Super Eagles had on Tuesday defeated a formidable opponent, Egypt 1-0, in their group stage.

Buhari, on Jan. 12, conveyed his condolences and that of his government to the people of Zamfara on what he called the “extremely unfortunate” mass killings of innocent people by retreating bandits.

The president, who described the recent incident as a very sad one for the nation, reiterated his earlier commitment to tackle the monster of terrorism head on.

While congratulating former NAN Editor-in-Chief, Lawal Ado, on his 65th birthday on Jan 12, the president commended Ado’s intellect and insights.

On Jan. 13, the president paid an official visit to Ogun where he inaugurated five key projects.

The projects included Gateway City Gate; the 42km Sagamu Interchange-Abeokuta Road; the 14km Ijebu-Ode-Epe Expressway and two housing estates for low, medium and high income earners at Kobape and Oke-Mosan in Abeokuta.

While in Abeokuta, Buhari assured Nigerians that two major federal roads under construction would be completed and inaugurated before the end of 2022.

The president on Thursday evening condoled with the family of the late Head of the Interim National Government (ING), Chief Ernest Shonekan, at their Ikoyi residence in Lagos.

The president, along with his team, was received by the widow of the deceased, Mrs Margaret Shonekan and family members.

On Jan. 14, the Nigerian leader hosted the departing Ambassador of Burkina Faso to Nigeria, Mr Piabie Firmin Gregoire N’do, who had spent eight years on his duty tour in Nigeria.

The president also on Jan. 14, received by the Grand Khalifa (overall head) of the Tijjaniyya Islamic Movement World-Wide, Tidjani Ali Bin Arabi.

Arabi was accompanied by Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, the leader of the Tijjaniyya Islamic Movement in Nigeria.

Buhari concluded the week on Jan. 15 when he led the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo,  members of  National Assembly, service chiefs and members of the diplomatic corps to honour the nation’s  fallen and living heroes.

The event, which involved laying of wreaths at the National Arcade in Abuja, was the climax of the main activities lined up to celebrate the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration (AFRDC). (NAN)