President Muhammadu Buhari Speaks On Arrival At The Villa

Kristopher Drake
March 13, 2017

A "painfully thin" Buhari disembarked on a Nigerian Air Force jet at the airport in the northern city of Kaduna at about 07:40 on Friday. "This is a testimony that in spite of the hardship being experienced, Nigerians support the Government in its effort to tackle our country's challenges".

Earlier on Thursday, the presidency had published pictures of a smiling Buhari meeting the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, in Abuja House, part of the Nigerian High Commission in London.

He said: "Having said that, I am pleased that I am back".

"As much as we wish him speedy recovery and good health to continue the good work he has started in the country, we want to say that the President must ensure he takes as much rest as he needs if he finds himself still unhealthy enough for the rigours of the office".

In separate interviews with newsmen, some of them expressed joy over his return, while others opined that the President should have enjoyed a much longer rest.

By the time the door of the plane opened, the president kept many guessing for some time as he stayed on the plane for about eight minutes while only protocol and security officials alighted.

Pic.8. Excited National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun welcoming President Muhammadu Buhari to the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Friday (10/3/17), during the Presidents arrival from Medical Vacation in the United Kingdom.

One of our sources asserted that Mr. Buhari was due to undergo an intense phase of treatment starting from next week before his political associates persuaded him to postpone the treatment in order to return to Nigeria and shore up their waning political influence. That makes his return to work formal, and constitutional, he twitted.

Specifically, Buhari was expected to resume from his vacation on Monday, February 6, but he wrote to the National Assembly informing the parliament of his desire to extend his leave to complete and receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his doctors.

Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina later issued a statement that Buhari would be arriving Friday.

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