President Muhammadu Buhari is returning to the country later today, after being away for more than 100 days on medical vacation.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media, and Publicity, Femi Adesina, who confirmed this in a press statement said President Buhari will be addressing the country on Monday, 21st of August.
Adesina said Buhari thanked all Nigerians who have prayed ceaselessly for his recovery and well-being since the beginning of his health challenge.
Buhari left the country on May 7 for what was thought to be a routine check-up but it turned out longer than expected.
The president had first traveled for a medical checkup in January. He returned in March to announce to his countrymen that he had never felt so ill in his life.
He returned for another round of medical attention two months later, the same day he received 82 Chibok Girls freed by Boko Haram.
Although handing over to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, President Buhari’s absence triggered a number of reactions, including a couple of protests by some citizens under the auspices of “Resume or Resign” group led by Nigerian Musician Charly Boy, demanding that Mr. President return to resume his official duties or resign.
Reacting to the call for Mr. President to resign, the Personal Assistant to the President on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie said the demand for President Buhari to disclose his health status was disrespectful, adding that Buhari’s absence has not affected governance in Nigeria because he
handed over to his vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, in accordance with the law
While away in London, President Buhari received a number of visitors, beginning with the vice-president, who first hinted Nigerians about the President’s massive recovery.
After him came a stream of visitors, that included leaders of the All Progressives Congress, state governors, Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby and the leaders of the National Assembly, Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara.
His last visitor on Friday was Pastor Enoch Adeboye, leader of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. After the visit, the President in a tweet thanked Pastor Adeboye for his visit and prayers.