President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has returned to Abuja after his yuletide break in Lagos State. Tinubu had departed Abuja for Lagos on December 21st to celebrate the Christmas and New Year break.
This marked his first Christmas celebration since being sworn in as the President of Nigeria on May 29, 2023, following his earlier tenure as the Governor of Lagos State from 1999 to 2007.
In his 2024 New Year’s address, President Tinubu extended an appeal to his former presidential election rivals, including Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP). He urged them to join forces for the nation’s welfare, emphasizing the need to transcend political divisions.
President Tinubu stressed the importance of uniting under the common goal of advancing Nigeria, setting aside past differences to focus on the country’s future. He stated, “In this new year, let us resolve that as joint heirs to the Nigerian Commonwealth, we will work for the peace, progress, and stability of our country. I extend this call to my political opponents in the last election. The election is over. It’s time for all of us to work together for the sake of our country.”
Acknowledging the challenges faced by Nigerians, including the high cost of living and rising inflation, President Tinubu assured that his administration is committed to delivering on its ‘Renewed Hope’ mandate.