President Muhamadu Buhari has returned to Nigeria, after 51 days on vacation in London, United Kingdom.
Femi Adesina, the special adviser on media and publicity to the president, said Mr. Buhari’s plane landed in Kaduna well after 7.am today in Kaduna, debunking earlier reports that the president flew in at about 4.am.
“We are now at the helipad at the Aso Villa awaiting his arrival from Kaduna. The flight will take about 40 minutes,” Mr. Adesina said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.
In Kaduna, President Buhari was received by Deputy Governor Barnabas Yusuf Bala.
An excited Kaduna governor, Nasir el-Rufai, said on Facebook:
“The President is back. He has landed safely in Kaduna and received by Acting Governor Barnabas Yusuf Bala and senior KDSG officials. The government and people of Kaduna State are proud to receive our First Citizen back to his home to face the task of rebuilding Nigeria. Alhamdulillah. Jumaat Mubarak to everyone.”
Mr. Adesina had announced Thursday that President Muhammadu Buhari would return to Nigeria Friday (today).
Mr. Buhari left Nigeria on 19 January 19 for a vacation in London and was scheduled to return to work on 6 February.
The helicopter that conveyed him from Kaduna touched ground at the helipad inside the Presidential Villa at 8.42am. See photos from his arrival:
Those on hand to receive the President included Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari; Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammad Bello; Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali; National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; Director-General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura; Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris; Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; all service chiefs.