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CONSTITUTIONAL BREACH: Tinubu travels to Europe to woo investors ahead of inauguration

Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Nigeria’s president-elect has travelled to Europe on w working visit to woo investors to the country ahead of his inauguration.


Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Nigeria’s president-elect has travelled to Europe on w working visit to woo investors to the country ahead of his inauguration.

Tunde Rahman, media aide to the president-elect disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.

Mr Tinubu left the country via the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

According to Mr Rahman, the president-elect will “use the opportunity of the trip to finetune the transition plans and programmes, and his policy options with some of his key aides without unnecessary pressures and distractions”.

He also said that the president-elect is also expected to hold meetings with investors while in Europe.

“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,” his media aide said.

“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 he left the country, Asíwájú Tinubu met with the House of Representatives candidates for Speaker and Deputy Speaker endorsed by his party, the All Progressives Congress, Hon. Tajudeen Abbas and Hon. Benjamin Kalu, who was presented to him by the Joint Task Team of the House.”

The statement also disclosed that Mr Tinubu would return to the country shortly before his swearing-in as the 16th president of the country on May 29.

Is a President-elect allowed to meet investors on behalf of the country?

Chapter Four Section 140. (1) states that “A person elected to the office of President shall not begin to perform the functions of that office until he has declared his assets and liabilities as prescribed in this Constitution and he has taken and subscribed the Oath of Allegiance and the oath of office prescribed in the Seventh Schedule to this Constitution”.

This shows that a president-elect cannot hold official investment meetings on behalf of the country in the diaspora until he has declared his assets and taken the oaths of office.

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