News: Lagos On Complete Lock Down in Anticipation of President Buhari's Visit

Nigeria's economic capital Lagos was on a lockdown on Thursday as President Muhammadu Buhari makes his first official visit to the city of 22 million inhabitants since coming to power in 2015.

The president rarely travels outside of Abuja, home of the government seat, and has only visited a few of Nigeria's 36 states over the past three years.

For Thursday's visit, many businesses including banks, shops and markets were shut in the fifth largest economy on the continent.

Hundreds of commuters and workers were stranded at bus stops to allow for a hitch-free visit, with many forced to trek several kilometres to their destinations as commercial buses were off the roads.

"I left home around 05:00 to enable me get to work. I had to use alternative routes because the main road has been blocked," Ahmed Busari, a port clearing agent, told AFP.

There was heavy security presence in the city as police and paramilitary forces patrolled the streets.

Roads have been swept clean and painted in Nigeria's national colours of white and green, and flags of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party adorned all the routes where Buhari's motorcade was set to pass through.

Banners and billboards with the president's photographs were also put up along the roads.