The President-elect of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu’s visit to the Oba of Lagos was seen as a crucial step in ensuring that the traditional rulers and the people of Lagos were behind his presidency.
The visit was also significant in terms of solidifying Tinubu’s political base in Lagos, a state that has always been a stronghold for his political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Tinubu’s arrival at the Palace of the Oba of Lagos was met with great fanfare, as hundreds of Lagosians gathered to witness the historic event. The Palace, which is located in the heart of Lagos Island, was bedecked in colorful banners and decorations to welcome the President-elect.
Upon his arrival, Tinubu was received by the Oba of Lagos, His Royal Majesty, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, who welcomed him with open arms. The two leaders discussed issues of mutual interest and the way forward for Lagos and Nigeria as a whole.
After meeting, Tinubu presented his Certificate of Return to the Oba of Lagos, as a sign of respect and acknowledgement of the traditional institution in Lagos. The Oba, in turn, congratulated Tinubu on his victory and assured him of the support of the people of Lagos.
The event was also attended by other traditional rulers and prominent politicians from Lagos State, who came to show their support for the President-elect. Among them were the Ooni of Ife, His Royal Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; the Alaafin of Oyo, His Royal Majesty, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III; and the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
In his address, Tinubu thanked the Oba of Lagos and the people of Lagos for their support during the election, and promised to do his best to deliver on his campaign promises. He also reiterated his commitment to the development of Lagos State, and Nigeria as a whole.
The event ended on a high note, with Tinubu and the Oba of Lagos exchanging gifts and pleasantries. The President-elect then left the Palace, amidst cheers and applause from the people of Lagos, who had come out in their numbers to witness the historic event.