Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari finally resumes today after a 103-day hiatus. The president seemed to have made London in the United Kingdom his home due in no small part to his health condition. In an almost unexpected move though, he returned to Nigeria on Saturday, August 19, after nearly four months of treatment in the United Kingdom. As at press time, the cause of ailment hadn’t been confirmed.
The Nigerian Airforce plane conveying the president landed at the Abuja international airport at exactly 4.36 p.m. Nigerian time (GMT+1) to mixed reviews.
Dozens of state officials were at the airport at his arrival.
The governors that witnessed his arrival include the 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.
Others included members of the National Assembly, service chiefs, the 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.
As the president resumes today, the spirit of the nation seems to be especially low although, he signalled his readiness to resume office by taking a national salute from the Presidential Guards Brigade while cultural groups sang and danced to welcome him back home.
He later rode in a motorcade to the presidential villa.
According to reports, he is expected to speak to Nigerians in a broadcast on Monday at 7 a.m.
It can be recalled that some groups led by the outspoken area-fada – Charly Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy had championed the “resume or resign campaign” which was meant to compel the ailing president to resume work or resign if he is too ill to continue as President of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria
This situation now shows that the agitations of the groups and others have borne fruit and the president resumes work on Monday, August 21.
President Buhari left Nigeria on May 7, for the second round of his medical treatment in London.