President Bola Tinubu Returns to Abuja After Two-Week Foreign Trip

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By Kasim Isa Muhammad

Nigerian President Bola Tinubu has returned to Abuja, the nation’s capital, after spending two weeks abroad on official and private visits, while he arrived at his official residence in Aso Rock Villa, Abuja, in the early hours of Wednesday.

According to his Special Adviser on Information and Strategy, Mr. Bayo Onanuga, Tinubu returned to Nigeria on Wednesday after visiting Europe.

The President had departed Abuja on April 23, 2024, for a three-day official visit to the Netherlands, where he attended the Nigerian-Dutch Business and Investment Forum and held meetings with the Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, and the royal family.

After the Netherlands, Tinubu proceeded to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to attend the World Economic Forum Special Meeting on Global Collaboration, Growth, and Energy for Development.

He joined over 1,000 leaders from around the world to review actions taken since the inaugural Growth Summit in 2023. This was his second visit to Saudi Arabia in five months.

Meanwhile, instead of returning to Nigeria immediately after the summit, Tinubu proceeded to London for a private visit. Sources within the Presidency confirmed that he was billed to return last weekend but extended his stay.

TCR reported this is not the first time the President has made a private visit to London; he made a similar trip in June 2023, where he met his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari.

Tinubu’s return on Wednesday marks the end of his 20th foreign trip since assuming office last May, totaling 96 days spent abroad. His foreign visits have included trips to Paris, France (thrice); London, the United Kingdom (twice); Bissau, Guinea-Bissau (twice); Nairobi, Kenya; Porto Novo, Benin Republic; New Delhi, India; Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates; New York, the United States of America; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (twice); Berlin, Germany; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Dakar, Senegal; Doha, Qatar

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