President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Nigeria after spending 50 days on a sick leave in the UK. The president arrived the Nigerian Air Force Base in Kaduna early Friday morning, before departing for Abuja.
According to a presidential media aide, Femi Adesina, Buhari’s plane landed in Kaduna well after 7.am, debunking earlier reports that the president flew in around 4.am.
“We are now at the helipad at the Aso Villa awaiting his arrival from Kaduna. The flight will take about 40 minutes,” Mr. Adesina said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.
In Kaduna, President Buhari was received by the Deputy Governor of the state, Barnabas Yusuf Bala.
Governor of Kaduna, El-rufai wrote on Facebook;
“The President is back. He has landed safely in Kaduna and received by Acting Governor Barnabas Yusuf Bala and senior KDSG officials. The government and people of Kaduna State are proud to receive our First Citizen back to his home to face the task of rebuilding Nigeria. Alhamdulillah. Juma’at Mubarak to everyone.”
Buhari left Nigeria on the 19th January for a vacation in London and was scheduled to return to work on the 6th of February.
During his visit to the UK, He underwent various medical checkups. However, a day to his resumption, he requested for an extension of his holiday, following recommendations from his doctors.
On arrival at Aso-rock, the president met with Imo state governor and chairman of the APC governor’s forum, Rochas Okorocha.