The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Saturday, welcomed the President, Muhammadu Buhari, back to the country after three months medical vacation in the United Kingdom.
In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, the party thanked the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo for his competent leadership during Mr. Buhari’s absence.
The party commended the acting president for his effort to unite the country and drive the recovery of the national economy.
“The APC also thanks all Nigerians who had prayed ceaselessly for the speedy recovery and safe return of the President, assuring them that the APC-led Federal Government is poised to fulfill all the electoral promises the Party made to Nigerians,” the statement reads in part.
NEXT EDITION had earlier reported that activities at the Presidential Villa, Abuja has reached a feverish pitch as officials put finishing touches to arrangements to receive the president.
Mr. Buhari, who has been in the United Kingdom for treatment during the last105 days, will be returning to Abuja, Saturday, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
The president is billed to arrive at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at 3.pm.
According to NAN, the staff of the presidency have remained on standby while security personnel and vehicles on president’s convoy had moved to the airport to receive Mr. Buhari.
As part of measures to receive the president, members of the presidential guards’ brigade were seen moving toward the airport after conducting rehearsal at the Abuja Arcade.
On arrival in the country, Mr. Buhari is expected to make a national broadcast to the country on Monday at 7 am.
The absence of Mr. Buhari for three months had sparked controversy in the country and resulted in protests and counter protests.
He was mocked by two American media organisations, The Washington Post and the Cable News Network (CNN) for clinging on to power despite failing health.
Mr. Buhari had left the Abuja on May 7, for the second leg of treatment of an undisclosed ailment in London and has only been seen< by a few privileged persons from the country.