- President Bola Tinubu departed Abuja for Cotonou, Benin Republic, on an invitation on Tuesday, August 2
- Tinubu landed safely, accompanied by six Nigerian governors, to witness the 63rd independence anniversary of the country
- The Nigerian leader was received at Cardinal Bernardin Gantin Gadjehoun international airport Cotonou by Benin Republic’s senior coordinating minister, Bio Tchane
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has arrived in Cotonou to attend the 63rd anniversary of the Republic of Benin.
The president, accompanied by six Nigerian governors, will grace the 63rd anniversary of the country’s independence, NTA News reported.
The six governors who accompanied President Tinubu are:
- Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun state),
- Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state,
- Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state,
- Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq of Kwara state,
- Governor Nasir Idris of Kebbi state, and
- Governor Mohammed Umar Bago of Niger state.
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Activities lined up for Tinubu as he attends 63rd anniversary of Benin Republic
According to a statement by the president’s spokesman, Dele Alake, Tinubu would be attending a series of events to mark the independence anniversary, including a military parade and a reception hosted by the Benin government.
How Tinubu was received at Benin Republic’s airport
Benin Republic’s Senior Coordinating Minister, Bio Tchane, and that of Foreign Affairs, Olusegun Adjadi, at 09:22 GMT, received President Tinubu at the Cardinal Bernardin Gantin Gadjehoun international airport Cotonou, VON report added.
Already, Cotonou, the capital city, is wearing a new look, with the country’s flag displayed around the city and security personnel patrolling.
Video of Tinubu's arrival in Cotonou
A video showed the moment President Tinubu and his entourage arrived in Cotonou on Tuesday, August 2, 2023.
Watch the video below:
Niger Coup: Mali, Burkina Faso dares Tinubu, ECOWAS over military intervention threat
In another fresh development, two military-controlled West African neighbours, Mali and Burkina Faso, warned against foreign military interference in the recent military takeover of the Republic of Niger, noting that they are solidly behind General Abdourahamane Tchiani, who toppled President Mohamed Bazoum out of government.
Both nations noted that it would be considered a declaration of war in the event of foreign military intervention.
Issuing this warning, the State Minister for Territorial Administration and Decentralisation in Mali, Col. Abdoulaye Maiga, said:
“I warn that any military intervention against Niger will be considered as a declaration of war against Burkina Faso and Mali.”