Finally, Buhari arrives Nigeria after over 3 months in London as Osinbajo says the president recover
President Muhammadu Buhari arrived Nigeria Saturday, after nearly four months in the United Kingdom where he received medical treatment for an undisclosed ailment.
The Nigerian Airforce plane carrying Mr. Buhari landed at the Abuja international airport at exactly 4.36 p.m. Nigerian time.
Dozens of state officials were at the airport to receive the president.
The governors at the airport included governors of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje, Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, Muhammed Abubakar of Bauchi, Abubakar Bello of Niger, Nyeson Wike of Rivers, Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi and Deputy governor of Kaduna state, Barnabas Bala.
Among those at the airport to welcome the president included members of the National Assembly, service chiefs, Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, as well as other presidential aides.
Others at the airports are the National Security Adviser to the President (NSA), Babagana Monguno; the Director-General, State Security Service, SSS, Lawal Daura, and other dignitaries.
The president took a national salute from the Presidential Guards Brigade while cultural groups sang and danced to welcome him back home.
Mr. Buhari, who appeared in traditional attires with a cap, later rode in a motorcade to the presidential villa
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President Buhari is expected to speak to Nigerians in a broadcast on Monday at 7 a.m.
He left Nigeria on May 7, for further the treatment in London.
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday expressed joy with the return of President Muhammadu Buhari from medical vacation in London, saying the president’s recovery was symbolic of the recovery of the country.
Mr. Osinbajo said this while addressing state House Correspondents shortly after conferring with Mr. Buhari at his residence.
“The message to Nigerians is that first the recovery and the recuperation of the president is in some sense symbolic of the recovery of Nigeria.
“Nigeria is going to recover. We are on the path to sure economic recovery.
“This is a good sign, it is an excellent sign that our country is on the right path.
“There is great hope, there is great excitement and we are going to make it as a nation and as a people,’’ Mr. Osinbajo added.