PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari
who was bid to undertake a two-day
visit to Lagos State beginning from
today has aborted the trip.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that Buhari
could not make the trip due to ill
health, an ear infection, but has
commissioned Vice President Yemi
Osinbajo to represent him.
President Buhari’s media aide, Femi
Adesina confirmed to Nigeria Pilot
that his principal could not make the
trip but did not give details of why the
trip was cancelled.
But another presidential spokesman,
Garba Shehu stated that, “The
president will not be able to make
it to Lagos for a two-day working
visit due to other busy schedule. He
will however be represented by Vice
president Yemi Osinbajo,” declining to
speak further on what prompted the
late change
Buhari’s inability to go to Lagos
means that over 14-years no sitting
president has visited Lagos.
President Buhari, according to a
statement by Lagos State Commissioner
for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve
Ayorinde, will commission the Lagos
State Emergency Management Agency
Rescue Unit in Cappa Oshodi, built by
the state government to ensure prompt
and swift response to emergency
situations in the state today, Monday,
during a two-day working visit to the
Ayorinde noted that it would be the
president’s first official visit to the
state since he assumed office almost a
year ago, and that it would be the first
time in about 15 years that a sitting
president would embark on a working
visit to the state.
The statement read: “It is a testimony
to the landmark achievements of
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in
the last one year, as well as the good
working relationship between Lagos
State and the federal government.”
Ayorinde added that the president
would also commission the newly
constructed Ago Palace Way at Okota,
Isolo, after which he would pay
homage to the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan
Akiolu, at the Iga Idunganran, Lagos
“The president will later in the
day be hosted to a reception rally by
the state government at the Tafawa
Balewa Square, where he will also
commission and hand over security
equipment and vehicles contributed
by the Ambode-led administration to
security agencies to beef up security
in the state.
“Activities for the first day of the
President’s visit would be rounded
off with a state banquet in his honour
at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria
Island,” he said.
According to the statement, Buhari
on Tuesday will be the special guest
of honour at a breakfast session
with corporate Lagos hosted by the
governor at the Lagos State House,
Marina, followed by a short session
with the public service at the State
House, Alausa, Ikeja.

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