Nigeria's President Buhari notifies parliament of his return

Geronimo Vena
Agosto 23, 2017

Nigeria is facing a number of breakaway movements, including the Indigenous People of Biafra led by fierce Buhari critic Nnamdi Kanu in the country's southeast which is dominated by the Igbo ethnic group. Surely, things are looking up and we, the youths of the southeast will stand with you in support and prayer until you achieve your noble vision of the country.

In the weeks before the president's return, various interest groups have organized protests calling for the president to "resume or resign". "But we believe Nigerians deserve a richer statement from a President that was away from them for more than a hundred days during which a lot happened that should have elicited more than a mention in that speech".

Olonisakin disclosed this to State House correspondents shortly after President Buhari met behind closed doors with members of the National Security Council in the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

Organized labour has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari's appreciation speech yesterday, describing it as "truly presidential" "timely" and "reassuring on the unity and "indissolubility" of Nigeria as a Federal Republic. From everything we have seen from the president - we have a new Buhari: energetic, well focused and it is clear he is enjoying excellent health", Mr Shehu told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme.

Observers have feared that political unrest could erupt in Nigeria, particularly in the predominantly Muslim north, should Buhari not finish his term in office, which ends in 2019. "We both came to the conclusion that the country must remain one and united".

The road leading to the main airport was not left out of the frenzy either.

Buhari reduced his working day to a few hours after returning to Nigeria from his first stint of medical leave on March 10, diplomats and government sources said.

"We should collectively pray for improved health of Mr President and more strength for him to serve Nigeria better", the scribe said. He added that he was staying back on the directives of his doctors.

Dressed in a dark kaftan and Muslim prayer hat, the 74-year-old Buhari walked unaided from his plane - holding rails on either side of him - after it landed at the global airport in the capital, Abuja.

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