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UPDATED: “President Buhari’s return represents a ray of hope for Nigeria”

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16:39

The presidential jet carrying Muhammadu Buhari, Nigerian leader, has touched the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.

The presidential jet landed at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at about 16:40

Decked in a brown kaftan, the president mounted the rostrum and took the national salute before the men of the Brigades of Guard.

He did not inspect the Guard of Honour mounted for him before proceeding to the presidential lodge with dignitaries who were on hand to receive him.

Daura, Buhari’s hometown agog!

Residents of Daura in Katsina State are in an upbeat mood over reports of President Muhammadu Buhari’s return to Nigeria after his medical vacation abroad.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that those interviewed on Saturday expressed gratitude to Allah for the Presidents recovery and return to Nigeria.

Salisu Haro, a civil servant, said the President’s return represents a ray of hope for the nation and prayed that Nigerians would support him to deliver quality leadership that would take the country to the next level.

He commended a section of the media for keeping Nigerians abreast of Buhari’s condition throughout his stay in London, adding that objective journalism would help to accelerate national development.

Abdumanaf Daura, APC Northwest Organizing Secretary, described the report as encouraging, saying it has put all those spreading rumours of Mr. Buhari’s incapacitation and death to shame.

He berated those he called unpatriotic elements using the president’s ill health for politics and spread of baseless rumours, saying they should atone for their sins.

The politician thanked Nigerians for their resilience, prayers and understanding during the trying moments of the nation, stressing that Mr. Buhari was back into the country for good.

Nura Usman, a civil servant, expressed the hope that Mr. Buhari would continue with his reform agenda.

“We are solidly behind his crusade on corruption, insurgency and every other evil that derailed the progress of this nation.

“We have been praying for his well being and God has answered our prayers,” Usman said.

Nura Habu, a local farmer, said the residents would organise prayers to celebrate the return of Mr. Buhari.

Chukwu Emeka, a trader, danced on hearing the news, saying he had prayed fervently for the president’s recovery and return.

Mr. Emeka who has lived in Daura for over 20 years with his family, said God has put to shame those wishing to see the president dead.

Musa Zango, an Imam, attributed the return of the president to God, “because of Buhari’s good intention to the nation.”

He pledged that the residents would organise special prayers to thank God and protect the President from all evil machinations as he as he steers the affairs of the nation.

(NAN)


President Muhammadu Buhari is expected back into Nigeria today, August 19, 2017, form the United Kingdom, where he has been receiving medical attention since May 7, 2017.

According to his media aids, he’d be addressing Nigerians on Monday, August 21, 2017in a nationwide broadcast at 7AM.

It’s reported that his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement to State House correspondents in Abuja on Saturday morning.

The statement read,

 

“President Muhammadu Buhari returns to the country later today, after receiving medical attention…

 

“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.

“He thanks all Nigerians who have prayed ceaselessly for his recovery and well-being since the beginning of the health challenge.”

Tweets of the president’s return were also shared by @APCUKingdom, @NGRPresident.

The announcement of the president’s return comes a day after thhe General Overseer Worldwide, Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, visited him at the Abuja House, London.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, posted two photographs taken during Adeboye’s visit on his Facebook page.

In one of the pictures, Buhari and his visitor were seated on a sofa while the President appeared to be scanning through a book presented to him by the religious leader.

Buhari, later on his Twitter handle, @Buhari, thanked the religious leader for his prayers and good wishes.

“I thank Pastor Adeboye for visiting today, and for his prayers and good wishes. May God continue to bless him and his work,” the President wrote.

Adeboye visited the President about 24 hours after the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, had paid him a similar visit.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, had earlier paid a similar visit to the President.

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