President Buhari Returns To Nigeria from London

To address Nigerians in a broadcast by 7 a.m on Monday



President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Nigeria from London on board Nigeria Air Force One jet, after spending more than 100 days receiving treatment.

The President who left Abuja on May 7, for the British capital to receive medical care arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport in Abuja on Saturday and walked briskly to the podium to receive the national salute.

Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, his Vice, who acted as president during his absence led the delegation that received Buhari at the crowded airport.

Others at the airport to receive him are service chiefs and members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), including some governors.

Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara were also at the airport.

He touched the ground at 4.30 pm to the waiting hands of a large crowd of supporters.

Dancers took to their feet to entertain the President.

Buhari is expected to speak to Nigerians in a broadcast by 7am (0600 GMT) on Monday, August 21.

Femi Adesina, the President’s media adviser to the President had earlier announced the expected return of the President after receiving medical attention in London.

The President left the country on May 7, this year, after handing over power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who has functioned as Acting President since then.

He thanks all Nigerians who have prayed ceaselessly for his recovery and well-being since the beginning of the health challenge.

Buhari Receives Political Leaders In London

While in London, On July 11, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo travelled to the British capital to meet the President, returning to say his boss’ health had improved significantly.

On July 23, Mr. Buhari received Governors Rochas Okorocha of Imo, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa, Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna, Yahaya Bello of Kogi, and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Oyegun.

A photograph of the President and his guests at dinner during the visit was widely circulated.

Three days later, on July 26, Mr. Buhari met with seven Nigerian governors, led by Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara and comprising governors of Ebonyi, Kano, Benue, Akwa Ibom, and Oyo.

On August 12, the President received his presidential media team comprising Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture; Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.

Others are, Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity; Lauretta Onochie, Personal Assistant on Digital/Online Media, and Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters.

The president was to receive Senate President Bukola Saraki and House Speaker Yakubu Dogara afterwards.

He also hosted the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Enoch Adeboye.

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