Mixed reactions trail President Buhari’s return from UK
Mixed reactions have continued to trail the return of President Muhammadu Buhari to Nigeria from the United Kingdom after seven weeks of medical vacation.
The President had reportedly touched down at about 4am local time at the Kaduna International Airport and was immediately flown to the Presidential Villa in Abuja through a President chopper.
However, many Nigerians have continued to react differently to the return of the President with some expressing joy at his return while many also believe strongly that the President should still give the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo free hand to run the economy, which has shown signs of recovery since in the last seven weeks while the President was away.
Many callers at a phone-in radio programme monitored in Lagos thanked the Almighty God for sparing the life of the President and making it possible for him to come back alive despite insinuations that he was dead at a point in time during the vacation.
But those who are of the opinion that the Vice President should be allowed that to continue to run the economy, argued that the he had taken some giant steps towards economic recovery in just seven days, which the President could not do in two years, given his age, state of health and position on some national issues.
They cited the handling of the crisis in the oil-rich Niger Delta region of the country, which had helped in shoring up the volume of crude oil production per day, which has tremendous impact on the nation’s revenue.
The President is however expected to address the nation soon on his state of health, the seven –week vacation and the controversies it generated, among several other national issues.
Special Adviser to the President on media and publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, had yesterday announced that the President would return to the country today.
A statement issued in respect of that reads in part: “The President left the country on January 19, 2017 for a vacation, during which he had routine medical check-ups. The holiday was extended based on doctors’ recommendation for further tests and rest.
“President Buhari expresses appreciation to teeming Nigerians from across the country, and beyond, who had prayed fervently for him, and also sent their good wishes.”
Having returned today, the President spent a total of 51 days, having left the country on January 19, 2017 and was originally billed to return on February 6, being a 10-day holiday.
The President had before leaving the country sent a letter to the National Assembly informing it of his proposed 10 days vacation and also transferred the reins of government to Vice President Osinbajo as Acting President while his vacation lasted.
However in February 5, 2017 a day before his scheduled resumption, the President transmitted another letter to the National Assembly in which he postponed his resumption indefinitely, citing medical advice.
This development had given rise to speculations over the true state of health of the President, which also compelled the President to make phone calls to some People while some top leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, to visit him in Landon.