Jubilant Crowds Lined Streets to Welcome Buhari

Jubilant crowds lined Airport Road, Saturday, to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari Back to Nigeria after spending more than 100 days in the United Kingdom where he received medical treatment for an undisclosed ailment.
The Lugbe axis of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport was lined with people who wanted to catch a glimpse of the President who had been away since May 7.
Some had placards, while others waved, and yet many making joyful noise when they sighted motorcade of the President.
The Nigerian Airforce plane carrying Buhari landed at the Abuja international airport at exactly 4.36 p.m. Nigerian time.
Buhari, after rendition of the National anthem, went round to shake hands with Governors and top government officials who had formed a single file.
He then departed for Presidential Villa in a motorcade.
State officials at the Airport to receive the President, included Governors of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, Muhammed Abubakar of Bauchi, Abubakar Bello of Niger, Nyeson Wike of Rivers, Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi and Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Barnabas Bala.
Among those at the Airport to welcome the President also included members of the National Assembly, service chiefs, Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, as well as other presidential aides.
Others at the airports were the National Security Adviser to the President (NSA), Babagana Monguno; the Director-General, State Security Service, SSS, Lawal Daura, and other dignitaries.
The President took a national salute from the Presidential Guards Brigade while cultural groups sang and danced to welcome him back home.
When he arrived at the Villa President Buhari met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and security chiefs behind closed doors.
The meeting was Buhari’s first official engagement after returning to the country earlier in the day.
It was held inside his official residence.
Journalists and some other top government officials were excused from the premises after Buhari had exchanged greetings with officials who were on hand to receive him at his residence.
He is expected to speak to Nigerians in a broadcast on Monday at 7 a.m.

Author: News Editor

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