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Buhari Returns Today, Meets Archbishop of Canterbury

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fabian tarpael, abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari.
President Muhammadu Buhari.

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to the country, 51 days after he left for London on medical vacation.

He touched down in Kaduna in the early hours of today and was flown to Abuja in a presidential helicopter.

He flew through Kaduna due to closure of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, to pave way for reconstruction of the runway.

The news of his return Friday was broken last night in a statement by Mr. Femi Adesina, his media aide.

Adesina recalled that the president left the shores of the country on January 19 for a vacation, during which he was scheduled to undergo routine medical check-ups.

He said the scheduled vacation was however extended due to the advice by his doctors that he undergoes further medical tests.

According to him, the president expressed gratitude to the generality of Nigerians in all parts of the country and beyond who supported him in their prayers and good wishes while he was away.

“President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to return to the country tomorrow, Friday March 10, 2017. 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.

“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,” the statement said.

Meanwhile,  Buhari on Thursday received the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, in London.

The meeting took place in Abuja House.

Buhari posted pictures of himself and his guest on his Twitter handle, @MBuhari on Thursday afternoon.

The President wrote, “Very pleased to welcome the Most Revd. and Rt. Hon. @JustinWelby, Archbishop of Canterbury, to Abuja House this afternoon.”

Buhari was decked in a golden-yellow prayer gown and a white skull cap while Welby was in black suit with clerical shirt and collar.

They were both seated in the pictures.

In one of the pictures, Buhari and Welby were exchanging a handshake.

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