President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Nigeria’s president palace in Abuja after 51 days on vacation in London.
The president arrived in a helicopter which landed at the Aso Rock helipad a few minutes before 9 am.
He was met on arrival by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, service chiefs, ministers, presidential aides and other top government functionaries.
Mr. Buhari had returned to Nigeria via Kaduna well after 7 a.m. Friday.
He then travelled in an helicopter to Abuja in a journey Femi Adesina, the special adviser on media and publicity to the president, said took 40 minutes.
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.
During his visit to UK, he also said he would conduct some medical checks.
However, a day to his resumption, he requested for an extension of his holiday, following the recommendation of his doctors that he wait for further tests and rest.
According to Mr. Adesina, President Buhari expressed appreciation to teeming Nigerians from across the country, and beyond, who had prayed fervently for him, and also sent him their good wishes.
While in London, the president received visitors at his base in the British capital, and made telephone calls to dignitaries in Nigeria.
There are widespread speculations in Nigeria that he is unwell but the presidency has repeatedly dismissed the insinuations