President Muhammadu Buhari has returned back to the country after a 10-day private visit to the United Kingdom, putting some rest to growing speculations on his health.
The presidential jet touched down at about 6.20 pm at the presidential wing of Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport in Abuja.
Buhari, 76 spent long periods of his first tenure on health trips to the UK to treat an undisclosed illness. On several occasions, the presidency only spoke about the duration and purpose of the president’s trips in vague terms that got Nigerians confused, leading to a dangerous rumour that the president was dead at some point.
Unlike some of the previous ‘private trips’ Buhari came back this time at the stipulated time. Also unlike some of his previous trip, he didn’t announce Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as Acting President in his absence.
“President @MBuhari is back in Abuja, after a 10-day private visit to the United Kingdom,” the presidency announced on Sunday night.
President Buhari departed Nigeria on the 25th of April after an official one day visit to Maiduguri, the Borno state capital where he commissioned some projects.
A day before his official trip to Maiduguri, the President was in Lagos to commission projects, including the 10-lane Oshodi–Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road, the 170-Bed ‘Ayinke House’ (Maternity Hospital)) at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja; the Oshodi Transport Interchange and 820 mass transit buses.
Femi Adesina, the President’s spokesman, had earlier informed Nigerians that Buhari will be commissioning developmental projects especially in the sectors of education, healthcare, and roads in Maiduguri.
Adesina further informed in his communique on the 25th of April, that at the end of the visit, “President Buhari will be proceeding to the United Kingdom on a private visit” adding that “He is expected to return to Nigeria on May 5, 2019.”