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Buhari Returns To Nigeria
President Muhamadu Buhari has returned to Nigeria after his prolonged medical vacation in London, United Kingdom.
Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina had announced Thursday night that the president is due in the country on Friday.
Journalists at the Kaduna International Airport say the plane conveying the president touched down at 7:40 a.m. at the Nigerian Air Force Base in the city.
President Buhari, spotting a black caftan and a black cap was received by officials of the Kaduna State government led by the Deputy Governor Barnabas Bala amidst tight security.
He was immediately taken into a waiting helicopter to Abuja.
There were rumours earlier in the day that the President flew into Kaduna by 4 am on Friday, but Adesina, speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, said the claims were false.
“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.
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai stated on the social media: “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. Jumaat Mubarak to everyone.”
President Buhari on arrival at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa entered a meeting with chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as well as other top government functionaries at the first lady’s conference hall inside the villa.
The meeting was attended by chief of staff to the president, Abba Kyari; national security adviser, Babagana Monguno; director-general of the Department of State Services, DSS, Lawal Daura, and presidential spokesman Femi Adesina.
Also in attendance were the Governors of Kano and Zamfara states Abdullahi Ganduje, and Abdulaziz Yari.
The President said he was feeling better, but still needed to rest and subsequently retired into his residence immediately after the meeting.
There are reports that the President could travel back to the UK in three weeks for routine Medical checks.
Below are more photos of President Buhari’s return: