Buhari arrives today

PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA

PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA

• Resumes work tomorrow

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected back today from the United Kingdom, where he has been holidaying. The President took a 10-day leave, and was expected to, on the advice of E.N.T specialists, seek routine medical examination of his left ear.

The President, who left Nigeria on Monday, June 10, was expected back on Wednesday, June 15, to resume work on Thursday, June 16, but the plans changed.

On Thursday, the Presidency gave a new date of the arrival of the President for Sunday (today). Osinbajo, who confirmed the latest development in his chat with State House correspondents, shortly before entering Council Chambers, where he presided over the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the extension was to enable the President rest fully for the weekend.

Online reports had, prior to Thursday, been awash with information that the President’s condition might have worsened, but the Vice President said Buhari was in the perfect health condition, and only taking his time, because of the impending weekend.

Osinbajo confirmed he spoke with the President on phone, on Wednesday evening, and that he was doing fine. The Vice President noted the decision to extend the President’s stay in the United Kingdom, might have been as a result of the fact that weekend was approaching.

In his words, “The President will be back on Sunday. I spoke with him yesterday (Wednesday) evening and I think it is just okay that he takes the weekend off. He will certainly be back on Sunday.

“I think the most straightforward thing is when he will be back. There is no point rushing back on Friday or something like that. He will just take the weekend off and be back on Sunday. He is in perfect health and ready to resume work on Monday morning.

“Mr. President is in good condition, he is fine; he is very well. He should take a day or two off in London and rest a bit and come back hale and hearty on Sunday and be ready for work on Monday. So we expect him back on Sunday.”

On the same day, the Presidency also released to the media the photographs the President took with National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who visited him in the Nigerian Embassy in London.

The last two weeks have, however, been an eventful one for Osinbajo as Acting President. A few minutes after Buhari left the country on Monday, Osinbajo hosted a delegation of the European Union led by the EU Ambassador in Nigeria, Mr. Michel Arrion. During that visit, he explained the rationale behind the Federal Government’s decision not to name those it recovered looted fund from.

The following day, he had a meeting with the nation’s service chiefs and governors of oil-producing states on the renewed violence in the Niger Delta by militants, which had crippled crude oil production and power supply.

On Wednesday, June 8, Osinbajo presided over a meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) that had about 22 of the 36 ministers in attendance. Later that day, he personally signed a condolence message he wrote in honour of a former coach of the national team, Stephen Keshi, who died earlier in the day.

On Thursday, he also inaugurated the Federal Government’s National Home Grown School Feeding programme, which is a component of the Social Investment Plan promised by the All Progressives Congress government.

As he did for Keshi, Osinbajo also personally signed the condolence message on the death of another former Coach of the Super Eagles, Shaibu Amodu, who passed away on Saturday, June 11.

However, while it has been a beehive of activities at the Vice President’s wing of the Presidential Villa, the President’s wing has been as quiet as ever, save for occasional visits by some ministers to the Chief of Staff (CoS) and visitors to some of the President’s personal aides.

But with the expected return of the President to Abuja today and his subsequent resumption of office tomorrow, normal activities are expected to return to their full status.



16 Comments
  • vic

    SO WHAT????

    WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES HIS ARRIVAL MAKE TO NIGERIA AND NIGERIANS????????

    DEADWOOD BUHARI WAS ALREADY DEAD ON ARRIVAL AT THE NIGERIAN SCENE AFTER HIS ELECTION AS PRESIDENT O NIGERIA. HE HAS THE CURSE UPON HIM OF ALL THE POOR MASSES OF NIGERIA. HE WILL PAY FOR IT WHEN HIS KARMA CATCHES UP WITH HIM.

    HOW MUCH I MUST REGRET AFTER HAVING SUPPORTED BUHARI DURING THE 2015 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS AND VOTED FOR THIS BEASTLY BRAIN OF NO CONSCIENCE. WE NOW KNOW THAT THIS SELFISH OLD MAN WAS ONLY LOOKING FOR HIS RETIREMENT BENEFITS AND OTHER PERKS INCLUDING MEDICAL VISITS ABROAD WITH NO INTEREST WHATEVER FOR THE POOR MASSES OF NIGERIA AND POOR OLD AGE PENSIONERS.

    MAY GOD PUNISH THIS DAURA DUMB SOONER THAN LATER. HIS END WILL BE ROTTEN.

    • Sagesse

      Whatever you wish him is what you yourself will get in multiple folds, how can you hate someone this much? So he made masses poor under a year?
      Under your watch he will excel by God grace.
      If you want to be great, pray for your leader.

      • smile smiles

        He never excelled by GOD but by demon through lies,killings and bombing he use false certificate Imagine a corrupt senile wicked terrorist who instead of bringing his primary 6 certificate he chose to hire 13 SAN to defend him in court why nor present it since u have one, A corruption fighter who has a corrupt case hanging on his own neck yet he hide away from his and still has no shame to arrest others, Imagine he and his wife has right to get Forex and resale and send to there kids in london and ban same from other citizenry now he went and hide in the house he bought with stolen money in london and he never declare it in his asset form.

        • saaduissa

          I thought you will for once be a sensible person. Any way it was the your forefathers took. Continue.

        • Sagesse

          Your assertions are not right. If you believe he’s a bad luck to you as president ill advice you relocate to Togo.

    • biyi

      While I’m not a fan of d president, and I am also aware all d former presidents av bn insulted one way or d other I think we shd tone down our use of word. We shd be civil and constructive. God bless Naija

      • abodes_124

        The last president was and still is routinely derided as ‘Dumbo’ , ‘The clueless one’ ‘The Otuoke thief’ etc. How do you expect the example already set not to be followed for a different President ?

    • G Bash

      This is Rather too much of insults, like you are getting paid for it. If you can actually take birds eye view of the whole picture. You won’t reign all this Insults on the CinC. After the last dispensation of GEJ had looted and the treasury of Billions of Dollars, to make matters worse the oil price per barrel slumped drastically which was our major source of income. PMB only inherited a crashed economy empty treasury and debts. If the oil prices were the way it used to be when the GEJ Govt was looting, the economy would be easier to level up. The monies that was meant to be saved when the oil price per barrel was good had been looted and shared, used for selfish interest. When the nation could have been falling back on it, instead we are climbing up with a crashed major source of forex. PMB can’t do magic nor he is a saint on corrupt practices, but we just need to have a conscience when we do things. PMB has had to take very harsh decisions to achieve our goal. That’s prolly why you deep with hate in you. But it’s all for the greater good.

  • vic

    WHAT A DAURA FOOL?????

    AND THAT “ROUTINE EXAMINATION” OF HIS EAR WAS NOT AVAILABLE IN THE WHOLE OF NIGERIA??? A LOW-LIFE BEAST OF DOUBLE STANDARDS.

    WHAT A BUNCH OF NEW POLITICAL CHEATS LIARS, THIEVES AND FOREX FRAUDSTERS WITH BUHARI, TINUBU AND ATIKU AT THE TOP OF THE LIST. AS YOU NOTICED RECENTLY IN LONDON, CHIPS OF THE SAME CORRUPT BLOCK FLOCK TOGETHER.

    CLEARLY, NIGERIA IS DOOMED WITHOUT REDEMPTION.

    • Sagesse

      Clearly NIGERIA will be greater beyond your imagination.

  • Mizch

    VP said: “He will certainly be back on Sunday.
    He is in perfect health
    “Mr. President is in good condition, he is fine; he is very well.”
    AND IF HE DOES NOT COME BACK, WHAT DO NIGERIANS DO AND HOW DO THEY TAKE THE VICE PRESIDENT THEREAFTER?

    • abodes_124

      A new statement will be issued without pausing for breath. It is the VP that issues press statements now. Adesina has bee struck mute since the last episode of confabulation.

  • smile smiles

    I doubt if he will like to return since no light here in Nigeria, a demon who rose to power through lies,killings and bombing he use false certificate Imagine a corrupt senile wicked terrorist who instead of bringing his primary 6 certificate he chose to hire 13 SAN to defend him in court why nor present it since u have one, A corruption fighter who has a corrupt case hanging on his own neck yet he hide away from his and still has no shame to arrest others, Imagine he and his wife has right to get Forex and resale and send to there kids in london and ban same from other citizenry now he went and hide in the house he bought with stolen money in london and he never declare it in his asset form.

  • Musa Muhammed

    Mr Yemi, hope he can hear now…

  • tinubuthief

    who is wishing that buhari should come back to nigeria.

  • Ednya

    Who cares?

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