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After 49 days in UK, Buhari returns Friday

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After spending 49 days in the United Kingdom, President Muhammadu Buhari is expected back in the country tomorrow, Friday March 10, 2017.

This was stated in a release by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on Thursday night.

“The President left the country on January 19, 2017 for a vacation, during which he had routine medical check-ups. The holiday was extended based on doctors’ recommendation for further tests and rest,” he noted in the statement.

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He further said that President Buhari expresses appreciation to teeming Nigerians from across the country and beyond, who had prayed fervently for him, and also sent their good wishes.

Few days after President Buhari traveled to the UK, issues over his health dominated public discoirse in Nigeria with the internet saturated with rumours of his death.

Several efforts by the presidency and phone calls put to some individuals by President Buhari himself to douse such rumours did little to prove he was alive.

Many Nigerians only became convinced that the ailing President was still alive following pictures showing him and some top ranking state officials and his party leaders who visited him in London.

A national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev. Justin Welby, were among those who visited and took pictures with him.

 

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