Kano Weather Takes Shine Off Tinubu’s Birthday, as Osinbajo, Others Join Online
The highly hyped 69th birthday of former Lagos State governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, suffered a major setback as bad weather barred a number of expected dignitaries from landing in Kano on Monday.
Kano woke up on Monday to a dusty weather which experts said has seriously affected visibility for air travelers.
Top among those who could not land in the commercial city was vice-president, Yemi Osinbajo who was billed to speak at the occasion as a special guest of honour.
Also, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha; minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed; and the minister of the interior, Rauf Aregbesola had to make u-turn.
However, the vice-president later hinted that his physical absence did not change anything because the initial plan was to hold a completely virtual event but Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State offered to host a physical event which would run alongside the virtual one on Zoom.
His spokesman, Laolu Akande, said in a tweet that the vice president would monitor the event virtually alongside President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said in a tweet that, “VP Osinbajo spending the day celebrating Asiwaju on his 69th birthday was on course to Kano this morning until weather conditions aborted travel plans. He’ll alongside Mr. President join the 12th BAT Colloquium virtually from the Presidential Villa. Happy birthday Asiwaju.”
Osinbajo actually joined on Zoom to deliver his speech virtually, where he advised Nigerians to perish the idea of breaking up the country.
“For the purveyors of breaking up into small components, into small countries, perhaps they should be reminded that we would not have been able to accept Governor Ganduje’s offer to come to Kano at a short notice since we would all have needed visas to come to Kano,” Osinbajo said.
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