Newsone reports that Nigeria’sPresident Muhammadu Buhari and his successor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu were on Friday, May 26, 2023, spotted together going around the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
This online news platform understands that the tour around the seat of power is to familiarise the incoming President, with the workings of the State House, from where he would preside over the affairs of Nigeria.
The outgoing President Buhari and Tinubu arrived at the Press Gallery at around 1:18 pm shortly after observing the Jummah Prayers at the Aso Villa Mosque.
The duo stopped briefly at the Press Gallery where reporters covering the State House usually converged.
“This is the Gallery where you will be meeting members of the press,” Buhari told Tinubu as both men emerged from the waiting room of the Aso Chambers.
At the Press Gallery, which is an adjoining space to the Council Chambers of the State House, the two leaders who stood for a couple of minutes, listening to their guide, Kazaure, did not speak to newsmen, who had expected to have a couple of questions answered.
The President and his successor, followed by a large retinue of Presidency officials and security personnel, were guided on the tour by the State House Chief of Protocols (SCoP), Ambassador Lawal Kazaure.
Other top officials of the State House including the Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, and Permanent Secretary, Umar Tijjani were among those who accompanied the President on the tour of the President’s wing of the State House.
Meanwhile, Newsone Nigeria reports that this is coming barely 24 hours after the President conferred upon Tinubu the National Honour of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic and Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger on Vice President-elect Kashim Shettima, at the State House Banquet Hall.
On Thursday, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had taken Shettima on a tour of the VP Wing of the State House. Both leaders exchanged documents ahead of the official handover of power on Monday, May 29, 2023.
Watch Buhari and Tinubu tour video below…
President Muhammadu Buhari takes Bola Ahmed Tinubu on a familiarisation tour of Aso Villa ahead of the May 29 handover. pic.twitter.com/dAqVD1RsEF
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