President Muhammadu Buhari is returning to the country today, after receiving medical attention in London.
The President had 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.
President Buhari is expected to speak to Nigerians in a broadcast by 7 a.m on Monday, August 21, 2017, according to Femi Adesina, the President’s media adviser.
Adesina said Buhari thanked all Nigerians who have prayed ceaselessly for his recovery and well-being since the beginning of the health challenge in January this year.
When the president first went abroad for a medical checkup in January, he thought he was for a routine checkup, only to find that it was something more serious. He returned in March to announce to his countrymen that he had never felt so ill in his life.
He returned for another round of medical attention two months later, the same day he received 82 Chibok Girls freed by Boko Haram.
His stay abroad had stirred a protest movement
led by the entertainer, Charles Oputa, otherwise known as Charly Boy, who wanted him to return home or resign.
The President who follows development at home while recuperating in London mocked Charly Boy’s campaign, when it was discussed with him during a meeting with his media team last week. After all, he had transmitted power to his deputy before leaving home.
While away in London, President Buhari received a number of visitors, beginning with the vice-president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who first hinted Nigerians about the President’s massive recovery.
After him came a stream of visitors, that included leaders of the All Progressives Congress, state governors, Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby and the leaders of the National Assembly, Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara. His last visitor on Friday was Pastor Enoch Adeboye, leader of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
Saraki after his visit, announced confidently that Buhari’s return was imminent.
Meanwhile, Nigerians have taken to social media, to react to President Muhammadu Buhari’s imminent arrival on Saturday.
The President’s return came after over 100 days in London for medical treatment.
He left the country on May 7, after handing over power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who has functioned as Acting President since then.
Buhari is expected to speak to Nigerians in a broadcast by 7 a.m. on Monday, Femi Adesina, his spokesperson said.
Here are some of the reactions:
@chydee: Let’s do a poll, for academic purposes. How long will Buhari’s visit to Nigeria last, before he returns to his base in London?
@adeyanjudeji: OUR MUMU DON DO. Patriots, we did it. #ResumeOrResign
@PRODEEGY: Buhari really struggled with his illness. He fought death.
@mmakesense: I’m just waiting for Fayose’s press release. Something like#ResumeOrResign London protest forced Buhari home – Fayose
@BabajideFadoju: Now that PMB is expected in the country today, expect new hashtags….
@AOT2: Buhari is coming back today. Holiday is over guys 😒Daddy Bubu is back in town
@Dhellake: Bubu is coming back. Lol. He’ll going back after Sallah.
@AyeniBabatunde8: It seems the protest had great effect. Bubu is expected back today.
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