The Nigerian President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Monday, returned to the country after a 34-day stay in Paris, France.
It will be recalled that the ex-Lagos State governor departed the country on March 21, a few weeks after he was declared the winner of the presidential election.
Tinubu arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport at 4.40 pm on Monday, April 24, in company of his wife, Remi and son, Seyi.
He was received at the airport by the Vice President-elect, Kashim Shettima; House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila; Governors Simon Lalong (Plateau); Abubakar Sani-Bello (Niger) and former Borno State Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff.
Others were former Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole; ex-Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu; APC Deputy National Chairman for North, Senator Abubakar Kyari; Deputy National Chairman for South, Emma Enekwu, and National Woman Leader, Dr Betta Edu.
Some National Assembly leaders and scores of the All Progressives Congress (APC) loyalists were also at the airport to welcome the president-elect.
Dispelling rumours of ill-health, Tinubu said he was strong after his vacation. Addressing the huge crowd that followed him to his Asokoro home from the airport, Tinubu urged them to ignore the speculations making the rounds in the last month that he was rushed abroad over alleged ill-health.
According to him, he left the country on March 21 for a vacation after a hectic campaign and election season.
He said, “I am happy to be back. I have rested, I’m refreshed and I’m ready for the task ahead. Forget about what the rumour mill may have told you. I’m strong, very strong.”
He also reassured that while in Paris, he never stopped working as he was ‘consulting and planning’ in order to put together a strong team so he could hit the ground running once he assumes office on May 29.