Tinubu seen dozing off during AU conference in Addis Abeba

Earlier on Saturday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the 37th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU), President Bola Tinubu was seen dozing off.

On Thursday, the president left Nigeria to attend the meeting of leaders of state and government, which was primarily focused on education.

During Saturday’s regular session, Mr. Tinubu seemed to be dozing off as Colonel Nurudeen Alowonle Yusuf, his assistant-de-camp, took notes carefully behind him.

Mr Tinubu’s spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale, had said the president will also participate in “high-level meetings on institutional reforms of the African Union; peace and security; specific thematic issues such as climate change, as well as modalities of participation and priorities of the continental body in the G20.”

The presidency has yet to react to the already circulating photo and what it means for concerns about Mr Tinubu’s age and composure at international events.

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The president was earlier appointed as Champion of Human Resources for Health and Community Health Delivery Partnership by the AU. Mr Ngelale announced the appointment via a letter by the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

“President Tinubu was appointed on the recommendation of the Committee of Heads of State and Government of Africa CDC, under the leadership of His Excellency, President Azali Assoumani, President of the Union of Comoros and Chairperson of the African Union,” he said.

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