April 17, 2021

By Atinuke Tokura Nukay/TnTv Network

The 69th birthday and 12th colloquium of All Progressives Congress leader, Bola Tinubu, was on Monday disrupted by bad weather. As a result, many dignitaries who were billed to travel to Kano by air were forced to make a U-turn.

Some of those affected include Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; and several other Dignitaries including; Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State; Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State; Babajide Sanwo-Olu, of Lagos State; Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State; Senator Ibrahim Shettimah, former Governor of Bornu State and currently the Chairman of Senate Committee on Interior; Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, Chairman of Southern Senators Forum and Chairman of Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters; Senator Olamilekan Adeola, Chairman of Senate Committee on Finance and Senator Tokunbo Abiru of Lagos East Senatorial District.

A cross section of Dignitaries attending the colloquium at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport via zoom

The event, which was expected to have begun at 12pm was shifted to 12.30pm due to the absence of several VIPs, a moderator informed attendees on the Zoom platform. However, it was learnt that in spite of the weather conditions some Dignitaries joined the 12th Colloquium via Zoom.

L-R Sen. Michael Opeyemi Bamidele; Governor Kayode Fayemi; Governor Gboyega Oyetola

This year’s Bola Tinubu Colloquium will focus on Peace building and National Cohesion as a tool for growth and prosperity in Nigeria. The theme interrogates this issue in the light of contemporary incidents and commentaries in the public space with ethnic and religious dimensions.The objective is also to explore the implications of violent conflicts and innovative strategies for sustaining peace in a heterogeneous society with multi-ethnic groups such as Nigeria.

It is expected to bring together policymakers, mediators, thought-leaders, security experts, innovators, entrepreneurs, academics, members of civil society organisations, people affected by conflicts, and all the stakeholders who play critical roles in nation-building

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