(Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, ABUJA)
President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived the country after 14 days medical vacation in the United Kingdom.
The Presidential Jet touched down at exactly 5:33pm at the Presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
He stepped out of the plane at 5:42pm.
The President inspected the guards of honour in his honour and shook hands with governors, members of federal executive council, Service Chiefs, Inspector General of Police and presidential aides that turned up to welcome him.
When asked my newsmen how he was feeling, he replied, “You saw me when I was going and you saw me when I came back, you can access the situation yourself.
“I’m ok, you have seen me inspecting the guards of honour”.
When another journalist asked him in Hausa how he was feeling, he said, “Do you want to wrestle me? You can see I am taller than you.”
The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina reiterated his earlier position that the President did not go on medical vacation but merely followed the advise of his physician and an ear, nose and throat specialist.
He said the President is fit and will resume today.
The Kogi Governor, Yahayaa Bello, thanked God that the President went and came back in sound health.
Zamfara State governor Abdulaziz Abubakar Yari said, “Is a good thing the President went on break and returned to meet his people hale and harty.”
Buhari had left the country June 6th for a 10-day vacation to the United Kingdom to see an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist for a persistent ear infection, on the advice of both his Personal Physician and an E.N.T Specialist in Abuja.
On Thursday last week, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, had told StateHouse correspondents shortly before the commencement of the National Economic Council meeting, that President Buhari would now return on Sunday because he wanted to take the weekend off.
This is Buhari’s second vacation since he assumed office as President on May 29, 2015.
He spent his first vacation from February 5th to 10th also in London.
He had earlier granted an interview where he disclosed that the doctors he had been consulting since the 1970s are based in London.
President Buhari had before leaving the country wrote to the National Assembly to official inform the lawmakers of his vacation.
He had indicated in the letter that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo would be performing the duties of the President while he would be away.
At the presidential wing to welcome the president were, the governors present include that of Kogi and Zamfara.
Also there were the ministers of Environment, Transport, Niger Delta Affairs, Water Resources, Agriculture, Budget and National Planning, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Minister of State for Education, Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Minister of state for Foreign Affairs.
Presidential aides, Chief of Staff, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity.