Buhari’s official jet leaving the Heathrow airport in London on Saturday morning, headed for Nigeria.
President Buhari is expected to land in Aso-rock any moment from now after spending over 100 days in the United Kingdom on medical leave. The president’s return falls a day after a group of protesters stormed the Abuja house in London demanding that the president returns to Nigeria or submit his resignation letter.
Buhari’s Official Jet Leaves London headed for Nigeria
It will be recalled that the president has received a number of high profile visitors in the last few days. He met with the Senate president, Bukola Saraki and his counterpart in the house of reps, Yakubu Dogara on Thursday and on Friday, he met with the general overseer of the Redeemed Christian church of God, Enoch Adeboye.
Protests Force Buhari Back To Nigeria After 153 Combined Days In London (Video)
President Muhammadu Buhari will return to Nigeria Saturday after receiving medical attention in London for a combined 153 days, the presidency said this morning.Mr. Buhari left the country for a second time on May 7 after his initial 49 days in London handing over power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who has functioned as Acting President since then.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said Mr. Buhari would speak to Nigerians in a broadcast by 7 a.m. on Monday, two days after his arrival.
Mr. Adesina quoted the President as “thanking all Nigerians who have prayed ceaselessly for his recovery and well-being since the beginning of the health challenge.”
153 Days In London: “Buhari Go Home” Fills The Air At Abuja House Candlelight Vigil (Video)
Chanting “Buhari go home,” Nigerians in the UK, on friday night, in solidarity with the ResumeOrResign group held a candlelight night vigil and procession at the Abuja House, the residence of President Mohammadu Buhari in London, where he has been on medical vacation for a combined 153 days. The ongoing protests began at 5 pm on Friday and will continue till 9 am on Saturday according to the organizers.
Similar Resume Or Resign protests by the OurMumuDonDo movement, led by Nigerian entertainer, Charly Boy, had taken place in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja for several days until August 15 when the group was attacked and wounded by pro-Buhari protesters at the Wuse market.
UK-based Nigerian and Convener of Hope for Nigeria, Chidi Cali, said that the British police operating in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea had given them permission to hold the protest in front of the Abuja House, London. Cali also said the police promised to provide the protesters’ security while their sit-down protest lasted.
Calling on Nigerians living in London to join the protest, Cali expressed delight that the British Police and the Kensington and Chelsea Council allowed their protest, which would be a candlelight vigil and procession, to hold.
From Left: Personal Assistant Digital/Online Media Lauretta Onochie; Minister of Information Alhaji Lai Mohammed; President Muhammadu Buhari; Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina; Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu and Senior Special Assistant to the Pressident on Diaspora Matters, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa during their visit to the President at the Nigerian House in London
A sticker showing the permission of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for the protest to hold was seen notifying London motorists to avoid the Abuja House while the protest lasted.
As of 8pm on Friday, Cali posted some pictures of the protesters setting the stage, decorated with the Nigerian flag and carrying posters with inscriptions such as “Resume or resign,” “Enough is enough” and “We must know Buhari’s health status.”
Some British police officers were also seen standing in front of the Abuja House to protect the protesters.
153 Days In London: RCCG GO, Adeboye Ministers Life, Health to Muhammadu Buhari
The General Overseer of153 Days In London: “Buhari Go Home” Chants At Abuja House Vigil (Video) the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, on Friday ministered to and delivered a copy of the christian Holy Bible to Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari at the Abuja House, London. President Muhammadu Buhari has been receiving medical attention in the British capital for a combined 153 days. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, posted two photographs taken during Pastor Enoch Adeboye’s visit on his Facebook page.
In one of the pictures, President Muhammadu Buhari and Pastor Enoch Adeboye were seated on a sofa while President Muhammadu Buhari was scanning through a copy of the christian Holy Bible delivered to him by Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the religious leader. A bag which appeared to have been used to take the book to President Muhammadu Buhari was placed in between President Muhammadu Buhari and Pastor Enoch Adeboye.
In the second picture, President Muhammadu Buhari and Pastor Enoch Adeboye were seen in a handshake while standing.
Adesina captioned the photographs with “President Buhari receives General Overseer Worldwide Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye at the Abuja House London on 18th Aug 2017.”
Pastor Enoch Adeboye visited the President about 24 hours after the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, paid him a similar visit.
It will be recalled that the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, had paid a similar visit to the ailing President Muhammadu Buhari.
Femi Adesina had announced in a statement that the Archbishop of Canterbury visited Buhari, who he described as his friend, at Abuja House, London. The presidential spokesman quoted Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, as saying during the visit that he was delighted to see the rapid recovery Buhari has made from his health challenges.
Photo: Pastor Enoch Adeboye ministers to President Muhammadu Buhari in London
The Anglican priest was further quoted as describing the President’s recovery as a testimony to the healing powers of God, and answer to prayers of millions of people around the world.
The statement read, “The cleric pledged to continue praying for both President Buhari and Nigeria.
” In his response, the Nigerian President thanked Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, whom he noted had always stood by him at critical times and wished him God’s continued grace in his spiritual duty of leading the Anglican Communion worldwide.”
152 Days In London: House Speaker, Senate President, Latest Buhari Pilgrims
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, said there is tremendous improvement in the health of President Muhammadu Buhari. A statement signed by the speaker’s Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan, quoted Dogara’s Twitter handle as saying that Buhari was doing well. It added that the speaker, who visited the President with the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki at the Abuja House in London, also urged Nigerians to continue to pray for the safe return of the President.
“Today we visited His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari. I am glad that he is doing well. His health has improved tremendously. I urge all Nigerians to continue to pray and offer thanks to God for answered prayers and for the safe return of Mr President.”
The visit by Dogara and Saraki was the latest by prominent Nigerians in the last 152 days that Nigerian President Buhari has been on medical vacation in London.
President Buhari on Saturday at the Abuja House in London had received members of his media team, where he reassured them that there was tremendous improvement in his health.
The presidential media team was led by Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, accompanied by Mr Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity and Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity.
Other members of the team on the trip included Lauretta Onochie, Personal Assistant on Digital/Online Media and Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters.
Photo: Senate President Bukola Saraki (left) House Speaker Yakubu Dogara (right) with Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari (middle) In Abuja House, London
Acting-President Yemi Osinbajo led the stream of visitors. He was followed by state governors and the leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC). During the visits, President Buhari sent appreciation to all Nigerians, expressing hope that he would return home soon
150 Days In London: Don’t Know If It is Nigeria Paying Buhari’s Bills – Presidency
ABUJA, NIGERIA. Femi Adesina, special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, says he is not sure if it is the federal government that is responsible for the medical bill of his principal. Buhari has been receiving medical attention in London for a combined 150 days and the issue of the cost has generated heated controversy between his supporters and opponents.
Before he left Nigeria on May 7, the president had spent 49 days in the United Kingdom, treating an undisclosed ailment.
When he appeared on Television, on Monday, Seun Okinbaloye, anchor of the programme, asked Adesina, “Who is paying for the president’s treatment?”
“Does it matter at this point?” The presidential spokesman asked, to which Okinbaloye fired back: “We need to know, he is our president. He is a public official. This shouldn’t be shrouded in secrecy.”
Then Adesina said: “I do not know who is paying, but as a president, he has a right to be treated by the country.”
“Nigeria is taking care of the bill?” Okinbaloye asked, and Adesina responded, “Most likely. I don not know for sure.”
The presidential spokesman also discussed his experience with his principal at the Abuja House in London.
Adesina was in the delegation that met Buhari during the weekend.
“The president I saw was sharp, he was smart, he was lucid. The president I saw was almost completely mending,” Adesina said.
“But like I said in the statement we issued, he will come when his doctors say ‘it’s time to go home’.
Dismissing the position that Buhari has not returned to the country because he is too frail to travel, Adesina said: “We can’t depend on the word out there, but I can depend on what I saw with my eyes. I saw the president and I know that he has recovered considerably.
“Once the doctors certify him, he will surely come back… If you know the president, at the peak of his performance when he just assumed the presidency and went to different parts of the world, you will know that he is a man of tremendous energy and tremendous ability.
“If a man was heal and he has mended, that means he can do what he used to and even more.”
147 DAYS IN LONDON: Media Team Led By Lai Mohammed Visit Buhari (Video)
LONDON, UK. August 12th. President Muhammadu Buhari in London was visited in London today by the media team led by Alhaji Lai Mohammed. President Muhammadu Buhari told his visitors there is tremendous improvement in his health, indeed. He said he wishes to return home, “but I’ve learnt to obey my doctor’s orders, rather than be the one issuing the orders. Here, the doctor is absolutely in charge.”
When the team expressed delight at the much improved health of the President, he retorted: “I feel I could go home, but the doctors are in charge. I’ve now learnt to obey orders, rather than be obeyed.”
On how he felt hearing different conjectures about his health, an amused President Buhari said he followed events at home closely, lauding Nigerian television stations, and the media generally, for keeping him informed.
When told that prayers were going on fervently for him, not only in Nigeria, but all over Africa, and round the world, a delighted President said: “What we did in The Gambia early this year fetched us a lot of goodwill on the African continent. It gave us a lot of latitude. I thank all those who are praying. May God reward them.”
President Buhari sent appreciation to all Nigerians, expressing hope that he would be with them soon according to News Agency.
140 DAYS IN LONDON: Archbishop Of Canterbury Visits President Buhari
In a press release today, August 4th, Femi Adesina Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity) said Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, today, Friday, August 4th, paid a personal visit to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at Abuja House, London. The Archbishop and President Buhari are friends, who share deep respect for each other. Archbishop Welby said he was delighted to see the rapid recovery President Buhari has made from his health challenges, noting that it was a testimony to the healing powers of God, and answer to prayers of millions of people round the world. The cleric pledged to continue praying for both President Buhari and Nigeria.
In his response, the Nigerian President reportedly thanked Archbishop Welby, whom he noted had always stood by him at critical times, and wished him God’s continued grace in his spiritual duty of leading the Anglican Communion worldwide according to Femi Adesina Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity).
Continuing Femi Adesina Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity) said it will be recalled that when former British Prime Minister, David Cameron described Nigeria as a “fantastically corrupt” country ahead of an anti-corruption summit in London in 2016, Archbishop Welby had retorted: “But this particular President (Buhari) is actually not corrupt.”
The Archbishop later personally received the Nigerian President at Lambeth Palace, London, and had also paid a goodwill visit to President Buhari in March this year, during his medical vacation according to Femi Adesina Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity).
135 DAYS IN LONDON: CNN Trivia Puts Spotlight On Buhari’s World Record
Cable News Network (CNN) may have just made a mockery of Nigeria over the continued absence of President Muhammadu Buhari from the country. The television medium mocked the country in the latest edition of its “The Global Public Square (GPS)”, a foreign affairs show anchored by Fareed Zakaria.
The programme in its Quiz and Trivia segment asked, “The head of state from which country has not set foot in his homeland in over two months?”
The options were given as Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Nigeria and Syria.
It went on to tick the option ‘Nigeria’.
Chidi Odinkalu, Former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) posted a screenshot of the question on Twitter.
131 DAYS IN LONDON: Pic Of 7 Governors Buhari Pilgrimage Released
President Muhammadu Buhari was visited by state Governors Forum lead by Abdulaziz Yari in the Abuja House in London on wednesday and pictures of the visit released with the Nigerian goverment still not providing answers on the exact state of the President’s health.
Nigeria President,Muhammadu Buhari was visited by state Governors Forum lead by Abdulaziz Yari in the Abuja House in London.Yesterday, Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, told State House correspondents that a fresh team comprising Governors of Zamfara, Ebonyi, Kano, Borno, Benue, Akwa Ibom and Oyo will leave tuesday night to visit President Buhari in London. Gov. Abdul’aziz Yari of Zamfara will be leading the seven-man delegation of Governors’ Forum on a goodwill visit to President Muhammadu Buhari in London.
President Buhari had on Sunday in London reportedly received a delegation of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) which comprised national leadership of the party and two of its governors—Nasir El-Rufai and Rochas Okorocha according to the presidency. Nigerians have called for at least a video clip of the event as proof it actually took place after the presidency released just a single photo. Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-kayode said the photo released is an old photo from a meeting the president had in Abuja and called on the presidency to stop lying to Nigerians.
According to him, the governors will be meeting the President on Wednesday in London.
“The delegation is being led by the governor of Zamfara, who is the chairman of the Governors’ Forum and in that delegation there will be the governors of Ebonyi, Kano, Borno, Benue, Akwa Ibom and Oyo states. They will leave tonight and make an early morning arrival in the UK,’’.
In his contribution, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said the selection of members of the delegation was done by the Governors’ Forum. He dismissed the insinuation that Gov. Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti, a renowned critic of President Buhari’s administration, was deliberately excluded from the trip.
“The selection was not done by the government. It was done by the Governors’ Forum and you can see that the delegation is headed by Gov. Yari, who is chairman of that forum. So, that question should then go to the forum,’’
According to Femi Adesina, the president, who is recuperating very fast, preferred receiving delegations rather than addressing the nation through broadcast.
Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has been in London for a combined 153 days for medical treatment and the presidency has continued to release bi-weekly “BUHARI WILL RETURN IN 2 WEEKS” claims through one crony or the other.