After spending 18 days in London, President Muhammadu Buhari returned to Abuja on Thursday. Nigeria Air Force 1, Buhari’s plane, touched down at the Presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, about 6pm on Friday.
The President was received at the airport by his Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari; National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd); Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor; Chief of Army Staff; Lieutenant-General Farouk Yahaya; Chief of Naval Staff; Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amoo; the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Mohammed Musa Bello.
Buhari inspected a guard of honour mounted by members of the Guards Brigade of the Nigerian Army before viewing displays by cultural troops representing different cultures.
The President then boarded a helicopter that took him to the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
On Thursday night, the Nigerian Police Force hinted that Buhari would return to Abuja on Friday.
Aside from attending an education summit, he also visited his private doctors to get a routine checkup during his two week stay in the United Kingdom.
Buhari met with Bola Ahmed Tinubu, national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), who is recuperating in London.
Buhari traveled to the UK for summits and medical checks during his time as president.
Buhari recently returned from his second medical trip to the UK in 2021.
After a two-week medical trip to London, he returned to the country on March 30.
While the president was in London, protesters marched to the Nigerian diplomatic mission.
He had been asked to return to the country and fix the system.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the president did not travel abroad throughout 2020.