President Muhamadu Buhari has finally returned to Nigeria, after 51 days on vacation in London, United Kingdom.
He arrived at about 7.40am via a presidential jet, 5N-FGN at the Nigerian Air Force Base in Kaduna.
Dressed in a black caftan with a black cap, the retired army officer was received by Kaduna officials, amidst tight security.
He was immediately taken into a waiting helicopter bound for Abuja.
A few selected journalists were allowed to take photos and videos of his landing and subsequent take-off.
The special advisor on media and publicity for Buhari, Femi Adesina said, “We are now at the helipad at the Aso Villa awaiting his arrival from Kaduna. The flight will take about 40 minutes.”
An excited Kaduna governor, Nasir el-Rufai, said 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. Jumaat Mubarak to everyone.”
Mr. Buhari, 74 left Nigeria on 19 January 2017 for a vacation in London and was scheduled to return to work on 6 February however he had to stay longer in the UK for health reasons.
According to Mr. Adesina, President Buhari expressed appreciation to teeming Nigerians from across the country, and beyond, who had prayed fervently for him, and also sent him their good wishes.
While in London, the president received visitors at his base in the British capital, and made telephone calls to dignitaries in Nigeria.
By: Jonas Nyabor/citifmonline.com/Ghana