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As the nation prepares for the inauguration of a new administration, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, took the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on a familiarisation tour of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Buhari alongside Tinubu arrived at the Press Gallery at about 1:18 pm shortly after observing the Jummah Prayers at the Aso Villa Mosque.

“This is the Gallery where you will be meeting members of the press,” Buhari told Tinubu as both men emerged from the waiting room of the Aso Chambers.

This is coming barely 24 hours after the President-elect was conferred the National Honour of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic and Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger on Vice President-elect Kashim Shettima, at the State House Banquet Hall by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had on Thursday taken vice-president-elect, Kashim Shettima on a tour of the VP wing of the State House.

Both leaders exchanged documents ahead of the official handover of power on Monday, May 29, 2023.

May 29: Aisha Buhari hands over first lady’s office to Remi Tinubu

Ahead of the May 29 inauguration, the wife of the outgoing Nigerian President Aisha Buhari has handed over to the wife of the incoming President, Oluremi Tinubu.

The Informant247 gathered that the handover ceremony took place at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, where Aisha acquainted Remi with the responsibilities of the office and handed over important documents to guide her, while also passing on the seal of the African First Ladies Peace Mission to her successor, who will now serve as the chief host of all the spouses of African heads of state.

Aisha said, “As you are all aware the role of the First Lady is unconstitutional, but we enjoy the goodwill of the citizens in order to carry out some basic things, like humanitarian activities.

“We partner with a lot of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in order to help our citizens, and I have enjoyed that goodwill for the last eight years.

“So, I have prepared a handover, just to guide you, and see the NGOs that we have worked with.”

Responding, Tinubu’s wife thanked her predecessor for her leadership and expressed her humility in taking on the role.

“We are very humbled by what you have done, you have exhibited great leadership and dexterity in the way you do things. I want to sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart because you don’t come into this role and say you know it all,” she added.

However, Mrs Buhari expressed her gratitude for the goodwill of the citizens that allowed her to carry out humanitarian activities and partner with NGOs during her eight years in office.

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