Nigerian President; Muhammadu Buhari is expected to arrive in Lagos state today, Thursday, July 10, 2021. This has led to a heavy presence of security operatives in the state. The President will fly into Nigeria’s economic hub from the seat of power in Abuja on Thursday.
According to PUNCH, it was gathered that President Buhari is expected to commission some projects in the state. The source, who craved anonymity said that Buhari’s “advanced team are already in Lagos and the President should be in the state if the weather is okay for flight”.
The source further said the presence of the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, in Lagos, is part of the preparation to receive the President and tighten security before his arrival. Baba arrived in Lagos on Wednesday on a three-day work visit.
Also, presidential aide, Bashir Ahmad, in a Facebook post on Wednesday, wrote, “President Muhammadu Buhari will tomorrow (Thursday), commission the 156km Lagos—Ibadan standard gauge railway line in Lagos, the first double-track standard gauge rail in West Africa, and the first Nigerian railway line to be started and completed by the same administration, since 1960.
“Construction started in March 2017, and test-running commenced in December 2020.
“The Ebute Metta Station, known as the Mobolaji Johnson Station, is the largest railway station in West Africa with a holding capacity of 6000 passengers.
“President Buhari is committed to developing a modern national railway network that will connect every part of Nigeria, and promote trade, travel, tourism, commerce and national integration. — Presidency.”
Motorists and commuters are expected to be slightly inconvenienced as the President’s visit is expected to affect traffic flow due to the closure of some roads.
On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, was the last time President Buhari visited Lagos and it was during the administration of former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was also a member of the All Progressive Congress.