Some northern Nigerian states were notably agog with jubilation following President Muhammadu Buhari’s return to Nigeria on Friday after over a month in London.
Residents of Bauchi, Kano, Jos, Maiduguri and the President’s hometown in Daura, Katsina state on Friday, trooped to the streets to celebrate the President’s return.
BuzzNigeria investigations reveal that as early as 8 a.m on Friday morning, residents trooped to the front of the Emir of Daura’s palace jubilating. Youths stormed the major roads with posters chanting “Sai Baba” and “Baban mu ya dawo” meaning ‘Our Father has returned’.
In Kano, residents also trooped to the streets on Friday to express their gratitude to God for Buhari’s safe return, with many saying they were happy that the President returned to the country safely and in good health.
Bauchi Road in Jos was besieged on Friday by jubilating residents, causing a traffic jam and disrupting activities. Some residents in Gwange, New GRA, Damboa went into wild celebration following the news of his return.
Vanguard reports that in Kaduna state, the Yoruba community in Zaria, comprising of both Muslims and Christians on Friday offered a special joint prayer to God for the successful return of Buhari.
The prayer session was organised by a traditional title holder of Wakilin Yarbawan Zazzau, Alhaji Isyaku Bello. Yoruba Clerics from both faith who converged at the residence of Wakilin Yarbawa since 7:00a.m prayed extensively for the president.
Leading the prayer session, the Imam, Zaria Muslim Council, Imam Alhaji Abdurrasaq Olaliwola and Prophet Abraham Ojo (JP) said prayer heals all worries.
The clergymen prayed God to bestow wisdom on President Buhari and Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State to enable them discharge their legitimate responsibilities effectively. They also prayed for unity amongst Nigerians and prevailing peace in Kaduna State in particular and Nigeria at large.
The Clerics also prayed God to heal the president, give him the wisdom, power and ability to deliver the goods successfully.
In related developments, President Buhari while speaking to ministers at the federal executive council meeting on Friday, thanked Nigerians for their prayers. He also appealed to Nigerians to continue praying for the country’s progress. In his words;
“I am deeply grateful to all Nigerians – Muslims and Christians alike who prayed and are continuing to pray for my good health. 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.
“The best way for me to repay you all is to re-dedicate myself to serving you, protecting your interests and keeping your trust. I thank you very much.
“I am feeling much better now, there may, however, be a need to have further follow-ups within some weeks. Rather than sending delegation upon delegation to Abuja to welcome me, may I appeal to all Nigerians to continue to pray for our country’s unity, progress and prosperity.
“I thank you very much and may God bless our Country!”