Buhari returns home after United Kingdom medical leave

Buhari was elected to power in 2015 on a campaign that vowed to root out corruption

After a short airport ceremony, during which a weary-looking Mr. Buhari greeted Kaduna State officials, the president boarded a presidential helicopter that took him to Abuja where a delegation led by the Vice President received him.

President Buhari said in appreciation of the prayers, enormous goodwill and Support he continuous to enjoy from Nigerians while on vacation.

Mr. Buhari said he has his age and experience but strongly encouraged the vice president to step up activities in critical sectors of the country.

A Periscope video on the Twitter account of the presidency's digital communications team showed him greeted by security chiefs and other senior government officials.

He'd been gone for 50 days but Nigeria's president Muhammadu Buhari is finally back home-for now.

The presidency announced his return on Thursday evening.

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Recall that President Buhari travelled out of the country on January 19, 2017 for a ten-day vacation which eventually was extended indefinitely due to undisclosed medical reasons.

"We consider this decision very patriotic, confirming the president as a statesman and leader who places national interest above personal interests and does not possess the sit-tight mentality typical of many leaders on the continent", the group said.

Shortly after arrival ceremonies, the President retired to his residence asking VP Osinbajo to continue in an acting capacity as President while he continues resting and recuperating.

Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari also welcomed the President on behalf of the 36 state governors.

Displaying his sense of humour, Osinbajo said it was not easy going about in borrowed robes.

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.



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