Presidential Silence: Tinubu’s Whereabouts Remain a Mystery After UNGA Trip
The presidency has opted to withhold information regarding the whereabouts of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu following his participation in the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Speculation about President Tinubu’s travel arose after an aide to the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, alleged that the president had made an unannounced stopover in Paris, France.
Aide’s Accusation and Response
Phrank Shaibu, an aide to Atiku Abubakar, accused President Tinubu’s administration of lacking transparency and claimed that the president had traveled to Paris without informing the Nigerian public.
This statement came as a response to an earlier assertion by the All Progressives Congress (APC), which criticized Shaibu for accusing Tinubu’s administration of dishonesty and running a propaganda government.
As of the time of reporting, the presidency, notably President Tinubu’s media adviser, Ajuri Ngelale, had not responded to inquiries made by Leadership Newspapers regarding the president’s current location and whether he had returned to Nigeria.
This silence has contributed to the mystery surrounding President Tinubu’s post-UNGA activities.
Itinerary and Departure
President Tinubu’s official itinerary for the trip indicated that his last scheduled activity was on September 21, 2023, involving a meeting with Nigerians living in the United States.
However, reports emerged on the previous Friday that President Tinubu had departed New York on September 21, raising questions about his subsequent movements and current whereabouts.
The lack of official confirmation or denial from the presidency has left the status of President Tinubu’s return to Nigeria in a state of uncertainty, inviting further speculation and discussion.