President Muhammadu Buhari Returns to Nigeria After Weeks of Routine Medical Checkup in London
The president who left the country on 30th March, 2021 for a routine medical check up returned on Thursday April 15, 2021 as the presidential aircraft conveying him and some of his aides landed at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at about 4.45 p.m. President, Buhari, after a brief welcoming ceremony at the airport, boarded a presidential helicopter that conveyed him to the Presidential Villa.
Those at the airport to welcome the president included the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammed Bello, and the National Security Adviser to the President, Babagana Monguno.
Others were the service chiefs, acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali, the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufa’i, the Director General of the State Securitt Services, Yusuf Bichi and other presidential aides.
Recall that the president has been criticised by many Nigerians including members of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, for travelling for medical treatment abroad at a time resident doctors in the country were preparing to embark on nationwide strike as a result of demands which were not met by the federal government. The doctors commenced the strike two days after the president’s trip, although they have since suspended the strike.
The opposition party advised the president to think of “millions of Nigerians who cannot afford overseas treatment and have become despondent by his failure to take decisive steps to address national healthcare needs”.
On March 3, a group led by a former presidential aide, Reno Omokri, organised a protest in London, an action they said was conceived to harass Mr Buhari out of the United Kingdom.