ABUJA, NIGERIA. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was met by jubilations and celebrations accross Nigeria as he arrived in Nigeria today August 19th, from his medical vacation in the United Kingdom. Thousands line up the routes they expected the presidential convoy to take all the way from the perimeter of the Presidential Wing of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to as close to Aso Rock as security forces would allow. President Muhammadu Buhari arrived at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja in his offical jet with registration number 5N-FGT at exactly 4:35 PM
The Nigerian Presidential jet carrying President Muhammadu Buhari departed Stansted Airport in London on its way to Nigeria’s federal capital Abuja. The jet departed Stansted at exactly 10:27 AM (UTC 9:27) London time several hours after the office of the Nigerian Presidency issued a statement stating that President Buhari was set to return to Abuja.
Nigeria Circle has learn’t that jubilation erupted in several state capitals citizens learnt of the return of President Muhammadu Buhari to the country. Residents repotedly trooped out to the streets to celebrate the return of Nigeria’s leader.
President Buhari left Nigeria for a second time on May 7 for medical treatment in the UK for an undisclosed illness after his return from his initial 49 days leave, a combined 153 days in the UK for medical vacation.
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.”
President Muhammadu Buhari return follows an all night candle vigil by a group of protesters who stormed the Abuja house in London demanding that the president returns to Nigeria or submit his resignation letter.
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.
Photo: Large crowds welcome Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on his return from London medical vacation
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari had not set foot in his country for almost three months after traveling to the U.K. in May to recuperate from an undisclosed illness, the second time after his initial 49 days in London. The presidents of Angola, Benin and Algeria have all traveled abroad for treatment in the past year. And Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe—the world’s oldest head of state, at 93—frequently travels to Singapore for health reasons, leading political opponents to suggest he is running the country “from his hospital bed.”