Buhari’s Return: Osinbajo Will Continue As Acting President – Presidency


Although President Muhammadu Buhari returned to the country on Friday after seven weeks of medical leave in the UK, the President has said he will “continue to rest.”

President Buhari who flew into the country via the Kaduna airport on Friday morning said he was “feeling much better now.” He added that further medical tests would be required for his health in a few weeks, although he did not reveal what he was being treated for.

Speaking to dignitaries in Abuja, Buhari said Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo who has earned plaudits for how he handled the Presidential role in his absence will remain in charge.

In his nine-minute speech, Buhari said that he deliberately came back towards the weekend “so that the vice-president will continue and I will continue to rest”.

The President also told those who are planning to come and see him, to stay back and continue to pray for the country.

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On his arrival, the President held a meeting with top government officials led by Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting held inside the First Lady Conference hall.

The Personal Assistant to the President on New Media, Bashir Ahmaad, quoted the president on a post he shared on his Twitter handle, @BashirAhmaad, as saying, “I am feeling much better.” He wrote:

“I am pleased I am back, I am feeling much better now, President Buhari.”

Aisha Buhari recieves President Buhari

In the meantime, wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, received her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari, amid cheers from families and well-wishers, who joined her to welcome the President from medical vacation.

Mrs Buhari, received the President at about 9a.m. at the official residence in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, thanking Nigerians for their support and prayer for the President.

The President’s wife was joined by Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, the wife of the Vice-President, wives of State Governors, Ministers, family members and her close associates.

Mrs Buhari, who was happy at the return of her husband, expressed gratitude to Almighty God for the President’s successful return.

President Buhari arrived Nigeria on Friday morning amidst tight security after 51 days of medical vacation in the United Kingdom.

He arrived at exactly 7.41am at the Air Force Base Mando in Kaduna State, and was received by the Kaduna State Deputy Governor Bala Bantex, GOC 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, the Air Officer Commanding, Training Command of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice Marshall Christopher Okoye, the Commissioner of police and other dignitaries.

After alighting from the Presidential Jet, President Buhari was immediately taken to Abuja with a chopper.

Buhari Returns

Just before his return, President Buhari received the Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev. Justin Welby, on Thursday at the Abuja House in London.

Buhari posted pictures of himself and his guest on his Twitter handle, @MBuhari on Thursday afternoon. The President wrote;

“Very pleased to welcome the Most Revd and Rt Hon @JustinWelby, Archbishop of Canterbury, to Abuja House this afternoon.”

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Buhari was dressed in a golden yellow prayer gown with white skull cap while Welby was in black suit with clerical shirt and collar.

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