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Tinubu says he’s ‘hale, hearty and emotional’ on return to Lagos

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has made his first outing since his return from the United Kingdom (UK) Friday night.

The former Lagos State governor, on Sunday, reunited with his political associates and protégés at a welcome-back event and prayer hosted by the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the State House in Marina.

Tinubu was received at 2:45 pm by Sanwo-Olu in company with his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, and Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Ayinde.

A statement from the Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, Gboyega Akosile, said the event was attended by all elected office holders and political appointees in Lagos.

The attendees included the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa.

Tinubu made a quiet return to Nigeria on Friday after spending months overseas for medical care.

Clad in a dark grey kaftan and a blue cap on Sunday, Tinubu said he was highly elated to return to the country after his three-month medical tourism.

He said the prayer event was an emotional one for him, adding that he was overwhelmed by good wishes from Nigerians while he was away.

“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,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu described Tinubu’s return as good news for his supporters across the country, noting that the APC leader had been rejuvenated with renewed vigour for his next political move.

Though he is yet to formally declare his intentions, the APC leader is widely expected to run for president in 2023.

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