Tinubu returns to Abuja after AU summit

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By Akinsuroju Olubunmi

Tinubu returns to Abuja after AU summit.

Nigeria’s President, Bola Tinubu, has returned to Abuja following his participation in the 37th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union Heads of State and Government.

Tinubu’s arrival at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Int’l Airport marked the conclusion of his 15th foreign trip since assuming the Presidency nine months ago. During this time, he has spent a total of 73 days abroad.

Upon his return, Tinubu was greeted by top government officials, including his Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume; National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu; and the Minister of State for Defense, Bello Matawalle. Also present were Imo Governor, Hope Uzodinma, and the Director-General of the Department of State Service, Yusuf Bichi, among others.

During his three-day stay at the AU Summit, Tinubu engaged in discussions on various thematic issues, including climate change and the AU’s participation in the G20.

As the newly-appointed AU Health Champion, Tinubu emphasized the importance of African states forging partnerships to address health sector challenges, highlighting the need for collaboration across borders and sectors.

In a plenary session, Tinubu reaffirmed Nigeria’s readiness to host the African Central Bank, aligning with the vision of the Abuja Treaty.

Furthermore, Tinubu held talks with Brazilian President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, with both countries expressing intentions to establish direct flight operations between Lagos and São Paulo. They also committed to deepening bilateral relations, particularly in trade, solid mineral exploration, healthcare, and agriculture.

Tinubu’s extensive travels have taken him to various countries across multiple continents, reflecting Nigeria’s commitment to global engagement and cooperation.

His return coincides with protests in Oyo State over the rising cost of living.

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