Buhari Missing At Tinubu’s Birthday Colloquium
President Muhammadu Buhari was conspicuously missing at the Birthday Colloquium of the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress [APC], Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Thursday.
Asiwaju Tinubu had brought his Birthday Colloquium to Abuja evidently to make attendance easy for President Buhari as well as other Abuja-based dignitaries.
Despite all preparations, however, Mr. President was missing at the annual event which held at the International Conference Center [ICC], Abuja.
The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo was, nonetheless, present along with his wife, H.E. Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo.
Other dignitaries present at the event include the APC National chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, some governors, past and present, and government office holders.
Meanwhile, Buhari’s absence has set tongues wagging as to the real reason behind his decision not to attend.
An observer noted: “Despite bringing his Birthday Colloquium to Abuja, Baba did not attend.”
Speaking further, he asked: “Is the marriage ending so soon?”
How Tinubu’s annual Colloquium was born [Nation]
It started sometime in 2001, on a Monday morning in Lagos. Cabinet members of the Lagos State Executive gathered to consider many issues including how a central government with colossal revenues and power but little impact on the lives of people can be urged to improve needs of states and local governments.
During their meetings, debates were usually extensive and heated at times but always focused and productive.
All the contributors looked forward to a vibrant discourse that helped shape the fortunes of Lagos and some other states.
Years later, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, having served two terms as Governor, often found himself and all the usual suspects and contributors, still involved in these debates about a progressive Nigeria.
So one day, some of the contributors thought ‘Why not go public with our conversations to mark Asiwaju’s birthday? This could broaden the solution pool for our common national issues’.
Consequently, the Bola Tinubu Colloquium was born and became a platform for sharing knowledge, experience and information around socio-economic and governance issues. What an important and impactful way to celebrate a birthday!
In its 11th edition, the colloquium focused on jobs and the economy discourse.
The objective is to outline and showcase government’s efforts to add millions of jobs over the next four years through policies and investment in agriculture, industrialisation and technology/creative sector.
It highlighted the Next Level initiatives to prepare Nigerians for the jobs of the future through education and skills development.