President Muhammadu Buhari has led President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on a brief tour of parts of the presidential villa, Abuja.
They had both observed their Friday prayers in the presidential villa mosque before embarking on a tour of some departments.
President Buhari led the President-elect through the Council Chamber and exited at the press gallery where state house correspondents were waiting to ask him questions before his exit on Monday.
After Juma’at Prayers and a Tour of the working areas of the Presidential Villa, President-Elect @officialABAT departs.— tolu ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) May 26, 2023
The next time he’ll be here, on these premises, in a few days, it’ll be as President and C-in-C. #AsoVillaToday pic.twitter.com/6YTZZxmbs1
The State Chief of Protocol (SCOP), Ambassador Lawal Kazaure, explained the functions of the press gallery to both leaders before they walked past the waiting reporters.
Earlier, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo had similarly taken the Vice-President-elect, Senator Kashim Shettima on a familiarization tour of the OVP office at the presidential villa
The former Borno State governor therafter in a chat with correspondents, pledged to hit the ground running after swearing in.
Osinbajo received him around 4pm at the Vice president’s wing with the tour of the office lasting for a little over an hour.
Speaking to correspondents after the tour, Shettima said he was invited for the meeting by the Vice President.
He said: “On the instance of Vice President, who is a friend, a contemporary, I came here just to exchange ideas on how to move the nation forward.
“He took me round the offices out of courtesy and I want to commend him, I want to thank him for extending that courtesy to me. Yes, cross fertilization of ideas.”
He affirmed that the incoming administration will hit the ground running from day one as it would not have time to waste.
Shettima stated: “I believe President Tinubu will hit the ground running from day one. He does not have the luxury of time. And I will be the vice president I don’t want to be presumptuous, I don’t want to make loud proclamation but my interaction with him has shown that we will hit the ground running from day one.”
On his conferment with the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON), he said, it was a historical and a humbling experience.
“We are what we are not because of our intellect, not because of our physical prowess, not because of our pedigree or political sagacity. It’s just a gift from God to humanity, four years or eight years in this time.
“I believe is a humbling experience, is a call to national duty and by God’s grace, we need the support of all of you, especially the media to succeed.
“So, I wish to employ all of you to join us in building a new Nigeria.”
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