NaijaBet: Betting Site Begins Stake On Buhari’s Return


A popular Nigerian sporting gaming site,, has included President Muhammadu Buhari who is on a medical vacation in the UK as one of its stake games.

President Buhari has been away in London for almost three months for a follow-up medical check-up and NaijaBet has called for those interested to stake their money on when he would return.

The company usually focusses on English Premiership, Champions League and other sporting events, but recently diversified by launching games for the popular reality singing competition, ‘The VoiceNigeria2017’ and the ‘Buhari to Return’.

For the ‘Buhari to Return’ game, participants can either bet on if he will return on the 2nd week OR on the 4th week of August.

President Buhari’s protracted absence has sparked intense public debate in Nigeria and there have been various visits to the president with recent reports saying he would return to the country very soon.

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On Wednesday, August 2, reports emerged speculating that the President has left London for Nigeria. But the Personal Assistant to the President on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, has dismissed such reports as just rumours.

Speaking via his Facebook page, Ahmad clarified that Buhari is still in London, adding that Nigerians would be properly informed when the time comes. He wrote:

“Like many of you, I also read that news about President Muhammadu Buhari’s return on Social Media platforms and many blogs.

“It’s all rumours, President Buhari hasn’t returned to the country yet, but he will very soon return and continue the good work he has been doing.

“As we all saw last week from the pictures of Nigerian Governors’ Forum visit to him, he is doing fine. When the time comes for Mr. President’s return, the Presidency will properly inform Nigerians, like it usually does.”

Meanwhile, former president Olusegun Obasanjo has reportedly held a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in the Abuja House, London.

He was accompanied on the visit by a former governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, the former president, it was gathered, arrived the Abuja House on Saturday, July 29, 2017, around 9.00 p.m.

It was gathered that both Obasanjo and Buhari held a 40-minute private meeting in a separate room after courtesies and pleasantries were exchanged in the general area of the house.

Although details of the meeting are still sketchy, the meeting was speculated to have been centred “on the developments in the country.”

Buhari, who was said to have expressed gratitude for the visit,  was quoted as telling Oyinlola: “You are looking really fine” with both Obasanjo and Oyinlola reportedly replying that they were happy to see that he (Buhari) was looking fine too.

The leaders were said to have come out of the meeting a few minutes before 10.00 p.m., following which the former president and Oyinlola were seen off by President Buhari.

Recently, there have been various visits to the president. Last week, seven governors were in the Abuja House to see Buhari and wish him well. The governors were Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Kashim Shetima(Borno), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano) and Samuel Ortom (Benue).

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Before this, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie-Oyegun, led some ministers and about four governors of the party to visit the president with one of the governors, after the visit, telling reporters that Buhari would return when his doctors said so.