The President-elect Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday, afternoon left Nigeria for Europe to avoid unnecessary pressures and distractions while he finetunes transition plans and programmes, and also his policy options with some of his key aides.
A statement signed by his media aide, Tunde Rahman, said the President-elect would also spend his stay in Europe engaging with investors and other key allies with the goal of marketing investment opportunities in the country.
The statement said, “Already, meetings with multi-sectoral actors in Europe’s business community including manufacturing, agriculture, tech and energy have been lined up.
“Asíwájú Tinubu hopes to convince them of Nigeria’s readiness to do business under his leadership through mutually-beneficial partnerships premised on jobs creation and skills acquisition.
“Reviving the country’s economy forms a major plank of Tinubu’s Renewed Hope agenda and the meeting is part of his efforts to re-establish Nigeria’s importance in the global economic chain and create empowering opportunities for the country’s huge youth population.
“The President-elect has hitherto promised to hit the ground running and the visit is reflective of his commitment to the promise as he has already begun talks with global actors in the important areas of the economy and security.”
Before embarking on the trip, Tinubu met with the candidates endorsed by the All Progressives Congress for Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas and Benjamin Kalu.
He is scheduled to return to Nigeria shortly before his official swearing-in as the 16th President of Nigeria on May 29.