The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu has told Nigerians that he is hale and hearty after undergoing knee surgery in the United Kingdom.
The APC leader disclosed this on Sunday during a welcome back and prayer event hosted by Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the State House in Marina, following his return from the UK last Friday.
“It is the same God that has spared us till today and has given us the privilege. I give glory to God because I’m standing before you hale, hearty, and well. Today is a day of joy for me, having fixed today for this great event. We are here giving praises to God. May God bless all of you in attendance. I am grateful. I cannot say more than that today. Thank you all.”
The APC National Leader who had been away for three months said the prayer event was an emotional one for him, saying he was overwhelmed by good wishes from Nigerians while he was away.
“I’m a little emotional now but I’m happy. God is the giver of life and the only one who can take life. And he (God) says if I grant you the power and the privilege in this life; I am the only one who can take it from you if you don’t use it in the way and manner that promotes humanity. God can give power to anyone he wills”.
Governor Sanwo-Olu said Tinubu’s return was more than cheery news for his supporters across the country.
“We have countless reasons to be grateful to God for bringing Asiwaju back home, fully rejuvenated. Since Friday when our leader and father came back, it has been a joyful moment for the teeming residents of Lagos, his supporters, and Nigerians across the country. We give glory to God who brought you (Tinubu) back with sound health and stronger vigour.
“On behalf of all political office holders, party leaders and faithful, we welcome our leader back and we give praises to God on his behalf that the intention of evil-minded people who spread malicious rumour against our leader did not materialise. This event shows Asiwaju is healthy and possesses more energy to embark on his next move in politics.”
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, who spoke on behalf of the National Assembly members, described Tinubu as “an eagle”, who is focused and always ahead of the game.
The Speaker wondered why a “simple knee surgery” became a national issue but said the solidarity shown towards Tinubu across ethnic divides indicated the APC National Leader is an enigma.
In attendance at the event was the Lagos State Deputy Governor Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, among other government officials.