The town of Daura, in Katsina State, was agog with singing and dancing as people of the area celebrated the return of President Muhammadu Buhari from his medical vacation.
President Buhari, who had been on medical leave in the United Kingdom in the past 48 days, arrived Nigeria in the early hours of Friday.
The president was received at the Kaduna International Airport by his wife, Aisha Buhari and other family members, Acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, governors and other government functionaries among others.
A local farmer, Malam Musa Mohammed, could not control his tears of joy, adding “at last the president is back into the country’’.
He said he was listening to the radio this morning when it was announced that the president would return today, “and to God be the glory, he has landed in good spirit’’.
Mohammed called on Nigerians, especially the good people of Daura to continue to pray for the wellbeing of the president and the nation, saying “he is our son and he needs our prayers and encouragement’’.
Alhaji Salisu Haro, the information officer of Daura Local Government Area, said the entire Daura community was happy for the safe return of Buhari.
He said Daura community became agog since the announcement of his return on Thursday.
According to him, a lot of us resorted to thanksgiving, prayers and tea parties celebrating the return of Mr president.
North-West Zonal Organising Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Abdulmanafi Daura, commended the efforts of traditional and religious leaders, as well as the opposition for their efforts at praying for the wellbeing of Buhari.
Daura also commended Nigerians, who organised prayer sessions for the well-being of the president.
He assured that the party would continue to deliver the dividends of democracy to the electorate.
National Chairman, Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Alhaji Lawwali Na-Lado, welcomed the president and prayed that God would continue to grant him sound health.
He said the president was back to continue with the task of repositioning Nigeria on the path of progress and development.
“We will continue to support him to succeed’’ he said.
A school teacher in Daura, Mrs Grace Govo, who was visibly joyous on the return of the president advised Nigerians to do away with their negative thoughts about Nigeria.
According to her, Buhari is the best thing that happened to this nation. She said before Buhari came into power, “we were sleeping with out two eyes opened, but thank God the situation is different now’’.
Govo said she had been living in Daura for the past 30 years, adding that she likes Buhari because of his honesty, and incorruptible way of life, and “he has started reforming this nation for good’’.
The Katsina State APC woman leader, Hajiya Safiya Daura, urged women to continue to pray for the wellbeing of the president.
According to her, women should expect lofty policies and programmes that would impart their lives positively, with the return of the president.
She commended the efforts of women groups and other relevant organisations that prayed and even fasted for the wellbeing of the president, while thanking God for His mercy upon the president. (NAN)