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Qatar delegation: Presidency defends Tinubu over sons’ inclusion

Qatar delegation: Presidency defends Tinubu over sons’ inc

The Presidency has defended President Bola Tinubu's decision to include his sons in the team travelling to Qatar as delegates. 

Allnews.ng gathered that President Tinubu's sons, Seyi and Yinka were among the delegation members who will accompany the President on his state visit to Doha, Qatar.

The Nigerian leader will travel to the Arabian country for a commercial and investment summit on March 2 and 3, 2024, accompanied by 38 others, including his sons.

Following the development, the President faced criticism for including his sons in the delegation to Qatar for a state visit.

O'tega Ogra, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Digital/New Media, responded in a statement on Tuesday to critics, saying the President's choice was not new or uncommon.

Ogra stated that some world leaders take their children on state visits to educate them about global events and diverse cultures, as well as to maintain a sense of family life despite the pressures of public office.

As a result, the presidential adviser urged Nigerians to quit wasting time on trivial matters and instead focus on important concerns.

He said: “It is not uncommon for children of world leaders to accompany their parents on foreign trips. In fact, it is the norm. Canadian PM Trudeau is known to travel with his family on official trips abroad. Same with UK PMs – even if somewhat muted.

“From the public image and diplomacy angle, bringing family members can soften a leader’s public image and aid in diplomatic relations by showcasing a relatable, family-oriented side.

“For some leaders, taking their children on such trips is a way of educating them about world affairs and different cultures.

“Others do it to maintain some semblance of family life, despite the demands of public office, and for security considerations.

“The Obamas, Clintons, Bushs, Trumps and others went on tons of foreign trips whilst in office with their families. We really need to stop majoring in minors in the name of castigating everything.”

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