Tinubu’s camp debunks illness claim, says president-elect travelled for rest, lesser hajj

The Media Office of President-elect Bola Tinubu has responded to ‘rumours’ about his sudden foreign trip, following reports linking it to ill health.

Report has it that Tinubu, 71, travelled to Europe to seek medical care after falling ill due to the hectic electioneering that led to his emergence as the President-elect and the subsequent governorship poll.

In a statement signed by Tunde Rahman on Wednesday, Tinubu’s media office made no mention of any illness.

“After a very exhaustive campaign and election season, President-elect, Asíwájú Bola Tinubu, has travelled abroad to rest and plan his transition programme ahead of May 29, 2023 inauguration.

“The President-elect left the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja for Europe on Tuesday night.

The president elect decided to take a break after the hectic campaign and election season to rest in Paris and London, preparatory to going to Saudi Arabia for Umrah (Lesser Hajj) and the Ramadan Fasting that begins Thursday.

“While away, the President-elect will also use the opportunity to plan his transition programme.

“He is expected back in the country soon,” the statement read.

Tinubu’s media office enjoined the media to “stop publishing rumours and unsubstantiated claims and to always seek clarifications from our office”.

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