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President Tinubu returns to Nigeria amid rising food protests, other economic concerns

Tinubu's Arrival Follows Backlash Over Soaring Living Costs and Mounting Security Challenges

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President Bola Tinubu arrived back in Nigeria on Tuesday night after a two-week private visit to Paris, France, landing at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja around 9 p.m.

Welcoming Tinubu were top government officials, including his Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume; National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu; Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike; and other dignitaries such as Kaduna State Governor, Uba Sani; and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Heineken Lokpobiri.

While the purpose of Tinubu’s visit remained undisclosed, his return coincided with nationwide protests over escalating food and living costs. Demonstrations erupted in Minna, Kano, and Ondo State, reflecting widespread frustration over economic challenges.

Addressing the unrest, Minister of Information and National Orientation, Muhammed Idris, revealed that Tinubu directed immediate interventions to alleviate suffering and prevent further security deterioration. Idris spoke after a meeting of the Special Presidential Committee on Emergency Food Intervention, chaired by Gbajabiamila.

Idris emphasized the government’s commitment to addressing food shortages, asserting that discussions with millers and commodity traders were underway to enhance supply and stabilize prices. He cautioned against opportunistic exploitation of currency depreciation and assured ongoing efforts to mitigate price hikes.

Highlighting the meeting’s significance, Idris stressed its national security implications, underscoring the urgency to secure food accessibility for Nigerians.

Tinubu’s return unfolds against a backdrop of economic turbulence and social unrest, amplifying calls for swift and decisive government action to alleviate hardships and restore stability in the country’s economic landscape.

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