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JUST IN: Tinubu Leaves Nigeria Amidst Killings and Beheadings of Christians in Plateau

In a surprising move, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has embarked on a private visit to France, leaving behind a nation grappling with the tragic killings and beheadings of Christians in Plateau State. Critics argue that the timing of the president’s departure raises questions about his commitment to addressing pressing issues within the country.

The departure, scheduled for Wednesday, January 24, 2024, was confirmed by the president’s spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale, in a statement issued on the same day. President Tinubu is expected to return to Nigeria in the first week of February 2024.

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This marks the president’s first foreign trip of the year, with his previous international engagement being the Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai in 2023. The controversy surrounding the 1,411-member delegation to the summit, particularly amid economic challenges faced by Nigerians, stirred public discontent.

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In response to the criticism, President Tinubu, on January 9, 2024, approved significant “cost-cutting” measures for official entourages on local and international travels. The decision involves a 60% reduction in the number of delegates, with the foreign trip delegation now capped at 20 people, down from the previous 50.

Despite these measures, the president’s departure to France has sparked renewed debates about leadership priorities. Many argue that, given the current state of insecurity and the humanitarian crisis in Plateau State, a responsible leader would prioritize addressing domestic issues over personal engagements abroad.

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The concerns are heightened by the recent atrocities in Plateau State, where Christians have been brutally killed and beheaded. Critics suggest that President Tinubu’s decision to proceed with his private visit sends a message of indifference towards the lives and well-being of Nigerians.

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