The Presidential Villa Abuja is agog with activities as staff and security personnel make last minute preparations to receive President Muhammadu Buhari who is expected back to the country today.
Buhari, who has been on medical vacation in the United Kingdom for the past 100 days is expected to arrive the Nnandi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at 3.00 p.m.
Other itinerary members of staff in the Presidency are also on standby, while security vehicles and personnel attached to the President’s convoy had since left for the airport to receive the president.
Members of the Presidential Guards Brigade were seen moving toward the airport after conducting rehearsal at the Arcade in Abuja.
The President, whose absence sparked-off protests both in Nigeria and London with some asking for his resumption or resignation, is expected to make a national broadcast to Nigerians on Aug. 21 at 7a.m.
Buhari left Nigeria on May 7, for the second round of his medical treatment in London.
In Daura, Katsina State, residents are in an upbeat mood over reports of President Muhammadu Buhari’s return to Nigeria.
Alhaji Salisu Haro, a civil servant, said the President’s return represents a ray of hope for the nation and prayed that Nigerians would support him to deliver quality leadership that would take the country to the next level.
He commended a section of the media for keeping Nigerians abreast of Buhari’s condition throughout his stay in London, adding that objective journalism would help to accelerate national development.
Alhaji Abdumanaf Daura, APC Northwest Organizing Secretary, described the report as encouraging, saying it has put all those spreading rumours of Buhari’s incapacitation and death to shame.
He berated those he called unpatriotic elements using the president’s ill health for politics and spread of baseless rumours, saying they should atone for their sins.
The politician thanked Nigerians for their resilience, prayers and understanding during the trying moments of the nation, stressing that Buhari was back into the country for good.
Alhaji Nura Habu, a local farmer, said the residents would organise prayers to celebrate the return of Buhari.