Lai Mohammed: What Information Minister told Buhari upon return from UK hospital

The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari on Friday morning returned to the country after 49 days of medical vacation.

He arrived at exactly 7.41am at the Air Force Base Mando in Kaduna State.

The President was received by the Kaduna State Deputy Governor Bala Bantex, GOC 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, the Air Officer Commanding,Training Command of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice Marshall Christopher Okoye, the Commissioner of police and other dignitaries.

President Buhari after alighting from the Presidential Jet, was immediately taken to Abuja with a chopper.

President Buhari thanked Nigerians for their prayers, support and show of solidarity for his government.

He says he is much better now and his survival was based on God’s mercy and his military experience.

The President also said that the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo will continue to attend to issues of governance as he recuperates fully.

He was received at the First Lady’s conference hall, at the Presidential Villa.

The President had on January 19, 2017 written to the National Assembly notifying the lawmakers about his 10-day vacation.

In the letter sent to the legislators on Thursday, the President stated that he would be away from Monday January 23 to February 6, 2017.

He informed the lawmakers that while he is away on the short vacation, which is part of his 2017 annual leave, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo would perform his duties.

The communication from the President is in compliance with Section 145 subsection (1) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

Buhari Extends Return To Nigeria

On February 5, 2017, President Buhari wrote to the National Assembly informing of his desire to extend his leave in order to complete and receive the results of series of tests recommended by his doctors.

According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

“The President had planned to return to Abuja this (Sunday) evening, but was advised to complete the test cycle before returning.

“The notice has since been dispatched to the Senate President, and Speaker, House of Representatives.

“Mr. President expresses his sincere gratitude to Nigerians for their concern, prayers and kind wishes,” Adesina stated.

Saraki Reads Buhari’s Letter On Extention

He again wrote to the National Assembly, extending his vacation to allow him address his health challenges.

The letter which was read by the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki was sent to the National Assembly during the break from plenary.

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