Your hope is back actively, Tinubu declares on return to Nigeria

Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress Bola Tinubu has said he is happy to be back in Nigeria after a two-week break in London.

Tinubu arrived to fanfare on Thursday evening at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The APC flag bearer travelled on September 24, two days after he held an elaborate meeting with members of the Pentecostal Bishops’ Forum in Abuja.

The party has been inundated with talks about the whereabouts of Tinubu. Though his campaign spokesman Bayo Onanuga said Tinubu was in London the public still had doubts.

Speaking with the media at the airport, Tinubu said: “The trip was very good and I enjoyed my break. I am happy to be back to my fatherland.

“Nigerians should expect a very intelligent ability to think, rethink and perform. Nigerians should expect that the help they need is here. Hope is back actively. We will serve our country with patriotism and dedication.

“We have the capacity and ability to do the job. There is no room for negative thinking here. No, Nigeria has not failed and it will not fail. This country is the greatest of all in this continent. If it is to build, we are builders; if it’s to repair, we will repair. One thing we can assure Nigerians is that we’ll definitely make our country better.”

Tinubu was received at the airport by his running mate, Kashim Shettima; Plateau State Governor and director-general of the APC presidential campaign council (PCC) Simon Lalong; his deputy, Adams Oshiomhole; one-time Lagos State finance commissioner, Wale Edun; and other party chieftains.