Tinubu Return Back To Nigeria After Month In UK Reunite With Associate In Lagos
The National Leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has reunited with his Political associate after returning from United Kingdom on a medical trip for an undisclosed ailments.
Asiwaju Tinubu returned to the country in the early hours of the weekend and was received at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja by Lagos State Governor, His Excellency Babajide Sanwo-olu.
The two term former Lagos State Governor and former member of the Senate who is also the National Leader of the ruling party, All Progressive Congress (APC), was received by the Governor Sanwo-olu alongside his deputy Obafemi Hamzat and his Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Ayinde.
The welcome party had in attendance all elected and Political appointee in Lagos including the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajambiala and Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, Member of the State Executive Council, Governor Advisory Council (GAC) and council chairman.
Chief Press Secretary to the Lagos State Governor, Gboyega Akosile quoted Sanwo-Olu to have said, “Tinubu’s return was more than cheery news for his supporters across the country.” He noted that Tinubu had been rejuvenated with renewed vigour for his next political move.
Sanwo-Olu said, “We have countless reasons to be grateful to God for bringing Asiwaju back home, fully rejuvenated.
“Since Friday when our leader and father came back, it has been a joyful moment for the teeming residents of Lagos, his supporters and Nigerians across the country.
“We give glory to God who brought you (Tinubu) back with sound health and stronger vigour.
“On behalf of all political office holders, party leaders and faithful, we welcome our leader back and we give praises to God on his behalf that the intention of evil-minded people who spread malicious rumour against our leader did not materialise.
“This event shows Asiwaju is healthy and possesses more energy to embark on his next move in politics.”
In response, Tinubu said he was highly elated to return after his three-month absence from the country.
Tinubu said the prayer event was an emotional one for him, saying he was overwhelmed by good wishes from Nigerians while he was away.
He said he took all prayers as valuable compliments.
Tinubu said: “I’m a little emotional now but I’m happy. God is the giver of life and the only one who can take life. And he (God) says, if I grant you power and the privilege in this life; I am the only one who can take it from you if you don’t use it in the way and manner that promotes humanity. God can give power to anyone he wills.
“It is the same God that has spared us till today and has given us the privilege. I give glory to God, because I’m standing before you hale, hearty and well.
“Today is a day of joy for me, having fixed today for this great event. We are here giving praises to God. May God bless all of you in attendance. I am grateful. I cannot say more than that today. Thank you all.”
Similarly, Hamzat said Tinubu’s return deepened his associates’ belief in God, stressing that his recovery from the knee surgery was a sign of strength and favour from God.
Hamzat said, “Now that Asiwaju is back, we are ready for work. The work has started and we are committed to doing it.”
The Speaker of the House Of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, who spoke on behalf of the National Assembly members, described Tinubu as “an eagle”, who is focused and always ahead of the game.
Gbajabiamila wondered why a “simple knee surgery” became a national issue, but the solidarity shown towards Tinubu across ethnic divides indicated the APC National Leader is an enigma.
The speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudasiru Obasa called Tinubu a teacher and benefactor.
He said his return had put malicious rumour against him to rest.
Chairman of Conference 57, who spoke on behalf of the council chairmen, said members of the Conference were ready to join Tinubu in his next political move.
Others who spoke glowingly about the APC National Leader included the lawmaker representing Lagos West in the Senate, Sen. Olamilekan Adeola, and GAC chairman, Prince Tajudeen Olusi.
Prayers were offered for Tinubu by Muslim and Christian clerics, while party leaders at the event took turns to welcome him back to the fold.